Top Chef Charlie Palmer - Charlie Palmer Steak Houses
Kay Compton Logsdon - VP & Editor and Chief - The Food Channel
The Food Channel Top 10 Trends for 2011
1. The Canning Comeback – “Putting Up” is gaining popularity for both economy and health.
2. Men in Aprons – Layoffs have led to more men cooking.
3. Local Somewhere – We care about hand-tended no matter where it’s grown.
4. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – We’re tired of being told what we can eat.
5. Appetite for Food Apps – Social media is our guide and our coupon source.
6. Small is the New Big Business – Corporations are thinking like small businesses.
7. Fresh Every Day – Rooftop gardens are just part of this trend.
8. Chefs in Schools – Better flavor is possible in an institutional setting.
9. Discomfort Foods – Change makes us comfortable with more change.
10. Eating for Sex and Other Things – We are working longer, and want all the gusto.
Stephanie Izard - Top Chef Winner
Stephanie can offer knife technique and kitchen safety tips to help people survive the holidays.
Sharp Tips from Top Chef Stephanie Izard To Make Your Holiday Meals Effortless
2. Ask Family to Pitch-In! – Request that family members bring a dish – to save time and money, it’s always helpful to have someone bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert.
3. Cover up! – Another great tip is to make sure your knives have blade covers, like the ones that come with Chicago Cutlery knives. They protect your knives in the drawer and keep them sharp. Sharp knives are actually safer than dull ones – If your knives have suffered years of neglect, take them into get sharpened then ask how to use a steel properly. You exert more pressure with a dull knife and risk losing your grip. By using a sharpening steel as you carve, it will keep your knives sharp as you slice your meat rather than shredding it.
4. Tuck those fingers in! – When using a large chef knife, hold the vegetable with your other hand and tuck your fingers under like a “claw” to protect your finger-tips while you chop.
Nancy Kerrigan - NBC's "The Caesars Tribute: Golden Age of American Skating"
Following the 1994 Winter Olympics, two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan turned her attention from international competition to exhibitions, benefits and corporate endorsements. Nancy toured for ten years with Champions on Ice and performed in dozens of live and made for television shows including Disney's Dreams on Ice, Feld Entertainment's Grease on Ice, StarGames' production of Footloose on Ice and her own show, Halloween on Ice. Kerrigan also authored two books on skating including Artistry on Ice, an instructional work published by Human Kinetics. Nancy's dedication to charitable work off the ice is just as eye-opening as are her performances on the ice. In 1999 she established the Nancy Kerrigan Foundation, in honor of her mother, to help non-profit organizations that support the vision impaired. The Caesars Tribute: A Salute to the Golden Age of American Skating Christmas Day, December 25, 2010 Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm EST Where: NBC (check your local listings for channel information)