Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thu Jun 18, 2009

On Today's Show:

Cristián de la Fuente - (Raphel" on USA's "IN PLAIN SIGHT")
Cristián de la Fuente is Raphael in the second season of the hit USA Network original series IN PLAIN SIGHT. In the last few years de la Fuente has continued to show his versatility as both a comedic and dramatic actor. He had a recurring role on Lifetime’s “Side Order of Life” and as Aaron the boyfriend of Kyle Lendo on CBS’s “The Class.” He guested on USA’s PSYCH and ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” and “Ugly Betty.” He was one of the hottest celebrities to perform on season 6 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” He placed third, burning up the television screen with dance partner and two-time winner Cheryl Burke. In 2007, he starred in Univision’s “Como Ama Una Mujer” (How a Women Loves), executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. The five-hour musical, drama, miniseries has some J.Lo autobiographical elements and even though she did not act in the miniseries she appeared at the end of each episode and sang one of her songs from her new album, “Como Ama una Mujer.” de la Fuente was the first male to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan En Espanol, in the November 2006 issue. He was named one of the 50 most beautiful people by People Magazine En Espanol four times and in 1999 in the domestic People. de la Fuente was a series regular on the CBS series “Family Law,” the NBC series “Gated Community” and the UPN show “Bad Girls Guide.” He had recurring roles on UPN’s “One on One,” CBS’s “CSI: Miami” and NBC’s ‘Hidden Hills.” On ABC, he guest starred as Kelly Ripa’s love interest on “Hope and Faith.” He played an AFI agent on “Threat Matrix” and co-starred opposite Kim Delaney in the made for TV movie, “Infidelity.” He was a series lead on the episodic “Reyes Y Rey” for Sony/Telemundo. He executive produced and starred in the foreign film “El Nominado” which was showcased at the New York Latin Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Miami and San Diego Latin Film Festivals where he was named one of the top ten actors to watch. de la Fuente’s first film, “Driven,” where he co-starred opposite Sylvester Stallone, opened number one at the box office. He also starred opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in the hit movie “Basic” and “Vampiros Los Muertos” opposite Jon Bon Jovi. More recent films include “Once Upon a Wedding” opposite Esai Morales, and “Suenos” opposite John Leguizamo. Fluent in both English and Spanish, de la Fuente is an adventurous spirit and an avid sportsman. He enjoys tennis, boxing, skiing, golfing and weight training. In 1996, he received his pilots’ license. He is a First Lieutenant in the Chilean Air Force Reserve and a member of “Halcones,” the High Aerobatics team. de la Fuente resides in Los Angeles with his wife Angelica Castro and their daughter.

Larry Lipson - Costa Rica wine correspondent
He's been the Daily News restaurant critic for 50 years, but Larry Lipson has finally called it quits: "Sure, there have been editors who have leaned somewhat heavily on me - especially during one period when I was the only restaurant critic/writer in America featured in a newspaper seven days a week." Talk about knowing the restaurant scene in LA.

Chef Eric Ripert "Return to Cooking"
Eric Ripert is the co-author of the recently published On the Line: Inside the world of Le Bernardin, and chef and part-owner of Le Bernardin, awarded four stars by The New York Times, three stars by the Michelin Guide, and rated best restaurant in New York by Zagat. He is a frequent guest on such national shows as Bravo's Top Chef, Today, Charlie Rose, Martha, and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. He has opened two new restaurants, 10 Arts in the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton and Westend Bistro in Washington, D.C. You can watch Eric Ripert in action on his forthcoming television show Avec Eric and on his Web site,

The greatest work by one of the world's most renowned chefs—returns in paperback. Spontaneous meals at home with friends form the foundation of this dazzling collection of recipes that are easy enough for novices yet so inspired they could be restaurant-worthy. The result of a rare sabbatical from this famed chef's 4-star kitchen, A Return to Cooking is "an unprecedented look at the creative process of one of the world’s best chefs" (Anthony Bourdain) as Eric Ripert prepares simple meals for friends in different locations, using ingredients at hand.Expect to be enchanted by Eric's lack of pretense and his irrepressible joie—a chef who likes American mayonnaise and alphabet pasta, but can also lecture on subjects as diverse as the power of vinaigrette and the merits of Tabasco, shallots, and coconut milk. And every bit as fascinating is the bird's-eye view of the magic that occurs when decades of cooking experience coalesce with the forces of a chef's intuition.

Robin Miller - "Quick Fix Meals - Food Network Host"
Robin Miller is the star of Food Network’s Quick Fix Meals and Robin to the Rescue. Robin will be making an appearance on The Today Show in June and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, as well as on numerous local stations across the country. She has a master’s degree in food and nutrition from New York University and has written eight cookbooks.
It’s Monday night and after a hectic day at work, your well-intentioned plan to prepare a healthy, home-cooked family meal has evaporated in the summer heat. Don’t reach for the takeout menu just yet—Food Network host Robin Miller’s new book, ROBIN RESCUES DINNER, shows how easy it can be to gather the family around the table for a simple summer meal that everyone will enjoy.