I love watching the Food Network. It is great therapy to relax and watch
a delicious meal be prepared. We enjoyed getting to hear some of my favorite chefs speak in Atlantic City. Here are some pics and stories.
Enjoy! Mangia! Jennifer aka Gigi
Giada Cooks Up Fun on Stage in Atlantic City in 2007
Giada De Laurentiis was a breath of fresh air when she stepped on stage at Caesar’s in Atlantic City. Giada is the host of Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash and Weekend Getaways on the Food Network and has authored many cookbooks.Giada is a professional chef and attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but her success behind the camera has made her a popular national figure. She combines sex appeal and a bubbly persona as she cooks her favorite Italian dishes.
Giada brought audience members on stage to cook 2 dishes with her, answered many questions from the audience and took time to sign books. Her advice on how she stays thin: 1. To maintain portion control, (she eats small portions of her food). 2. To stay active and 3. She contributes some to genetics, (how you were born) but that portion control is the most important.
She told the audience her name means Jade and she wasn't sure if she would name her daughter Jade. She did name her baby Jade. I asked here what her husband Todd does and she he was a fashion designer for Anthropologie.
She is squeezing every last drop out of life with her TV shows including Tasty Travels, $40 Dollars a Day, 30 Minute Meals, The Rachael Ray Show, her own magazine as well as her many cook books. She tapes 3 shows a day and during her book signings goes to 26 cities a month.
Amazingly her TV set seats 115 guests and there are 40,000 requests to attend her show. There is a lottery to get on the show. How is that for supply and demand?
Rachael seemed happy to share the stage with her husband John and toasted their first year of marriage. She answered questions from her warm-up guy RC Smith and later took questions from the audience and signed books for over an hour. John donned a Gladiator helmet and even a Christmas apron from someone in the audience.
Rachael was very gracious when I talked to her and spent time with each person. I told her I was writing an article on her visit.
She met John at a party and recalls they were both the shortest people at the party and their immediate attraction. A co-worker had been trying to set them up for a year. Well the rest is history!
Paula Deen Cooked Up
Paula Deen made her debut at Caesar’s in
Paula loves finally being a grand mom at sixty and loves being married to Michael who is 51; 9 years younger than Paula. They both love food, seafood, boats and life. Paula confessed she previously spent 10 years in an affair with a married man and finally broke it off. She believes God sent her Michael after many prayers for God to send her a “neighbor.” They both told how they met with many laughs and interruptions.
A potato is Paula’s favorite food, although she considers butter a condiment, a favorite too. She joked about wetting her pants when she won her Emmy and laughed about breaking a glass ramekin on Oprah’s Show recently. Oprah’s said it was the most fun she has had on a cooking segment.
She recalled going on a cruise to
We visited Paula's Restaurant "Lady and Sons" while on vacation in Savannah, Georgia.
We had the Buffet and we enjoyed it so much! There is a neat gift shop there as well. My advice: Put Savannah on your "To Do" List!