Monday, May 9, 2011

5/10 Sterling Beaumon, Professional Golfer Fred Funk, Kosta Browne Wines, Barton Seaver

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Sterling Beaumon Talks About His Role on Law & Order SVU!

Sterling Beaumon, one of the most versatile teen talents working today, is best known for his starring role as ‘Young Ben’ (whose pre-evil self crosses paths with Sawyer, Juliet, Jin and others) on ABC’s hit series LOST. That was until this season. The 16 year-old accomplished actor, is sure to be an Emmy contender this fall for seamlessly segueing into characters you’d never expect the sweet, well-mannered young actor portray – teenage serial killers on two of primetime’s most popular dramas, Law & Order: SVU (NBC) and Criminal Minds (CBS).

Sterling became widely known as a 13-year old when he pulled off the memorable role of ‘Max,’ the protagonist in Mostly Ghostly. Based on the incredibly popular (book) series by R.L. Stine, Ghostly, has become one of the most popular movies ever on the Disney Channel and has sold an astonishing number of DVDs. The versatile thespian is adept at voiceover work—it’s Sterling Beaumon you’ll hear as one of the starring English voices in the Japanese anime series Gunsword and in Summit Entertainment’s big screen Astro Boy (as “Sludge/Sam”) opposite Freddie Highmore and Nicholas Cage.

Sterling made his stage debut at the age of seven in The Grapes of Wrath. An Equity stage actor who has performed in theaters throughout Southern California, Sterling’s legit theater credits began with a starring role at the Geffen Playhouse’s All My Sons, opposite esteemed Broadway veteran Len Cariou, Neil Patrick Harris and lauded actress Laurie Metcalf. His stage work ranges to performances with the esteemed West Coast Ensemble which he has been a member of for years. Sterling’s star turns in WCE’s “Assassins and BIG! The Musical earned favorable reviews and critical acclaim. In fact, Sterling won the 2010 Young Artists Award as Best Stage Actor for the starring role in BIG!.

Sterling began appearing in television commercials when he was six with a Disney Cruise Line spot. Since then, he has been in several national commercials including those for car manufacturers, pool products, foods, video games and mobile phone companies.

This past year, Sterling was a standout in a viral Nintendo spot and an AT&T commercial with Justin Bieber. Sterling supports numerous charities including the Lollipop Theater, Ronald McDonald House, the American Cancer Society, Feed the Children and arts programs for at-risk youth. He is adept at sports from hockey to track & field and is working toward ab lack belt in karate.

Sterling has guest starred on a wide range of popular series including Bones, ER, Cold Case, Heroes, 7th Heaven, Crossing Jordan, In Case of Emergency, Scrubs and Gary Unmarried. In 2009, he earned critical raves as a strung-out meth addict/drug dealer on the critically-lauded series, The Cleaner (A&E). He recently finished a guest stint on Disney’s forthcoming series, Wasabi Warriors. His debut CD, Step Back to Reality, was released late last year.

Darryl Cortello, Owner of Zeke's in New Orleans, Tells Us About His Kitchen Nightmare!

Chef Ramsay went to New Orleans, LA, to help transform Zeke's Restaurant. Was he be able to breathe new life and add some spice into this Southern eatery?

Did the Zeke's staff survive the onslaught?

Who was left standing in this Kitchen Nightmare?

How is the restaurant doing since the show?

He'll answer all of these questions!

Professional Golfer Fred Funk Talks About His Career and His Battle with Arthritis

Fred Funk is one of the most recognizable names and personalities in professional golf. He is the winner of 8 titles on the PGA tour, including the 2005 Players Championships, and six titles on the Champions Tour, including the 2009 U.S. Senior Open.

He's talking to us from Jacksonville, the location of one of the most anticipated events on the PGA calendar, The Players Championship event at TCP Sawgrass.
Fred started experiencing knee pain caused by ligament damage to his right knee around the time he was turning 50 and getting set to join the Champions tour. Like many, Funk had been suffering with knee pain for several years and had gone through numerous surgeries to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, subsequently having it drained of fluid 18 times. A 20-year veteran of the sport and current member of the PGA Tour, Funk underwent a Stryker total knee replacement in November 2009 and later won the 2010 JELD-WEN Tradition, becoming the first player ever to win a PGA Tour-sanctioned event after total knee replacement surgery.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, osteoarthritis affects approximately 27 million people each year. OA is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage which can cause stiffness and pain that can make it difficult to use that joint. Over time OA may create a need for joint replacements. Just in time for National Arthritis Month, Fred is here to talk about the PGA, suffering with OA, and getting back in the game.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Michael Browne, Founder and Winemaker of Kosta Browne Wines!

One of California’s most sought after Pinot Noir brands announces plans to occupy a brand new, state of the art winery in The Barlow, located in the center of downtown Sebastopol, CA. The opening of the new production facility will herald Kosta Browne as the first bonded winery within the city limits. Construction is set to begin this year, with a grand opening slated for fall 2012.

The former Barlow Apple Factory is being reinvented to better serve the community of Sebastopol and west Sonoma County. “The Barlow will showcase both production and retail for artisan producers. Food and wine coupled with art and wellness, culture and health will underpin the complete experience. It is the first of its kind in the country,” says Developer Barney Aldridge. “We are thrilled to have Kosta Browne anchor this project.”

The Barlow complex will be home to a careful selection of wine, food and art purveyors to create a place to gather and spend time. The addition of trees, parks, gardens, water features and apple trees will beautify the downtown area. Furthermore, bocce ball courts, children’s play areas and the farmers market will make this a family destination for all of Sonoma County.

Barton Seaver Tells Us About His New Book!

National Geographic Fellow and Washington, D.C. chef Barton Seaver is an influential voice in the culinary world because of his take on seafood and sustainability. In his first book, For Cod and Country, Seaver introduces an entirely new kind of casual cooking featuring seafood that hasn’t been overfished or harvested using destructive methods.

Organized by season, For Cod and Country is a full-color exploration of recipes showcasing a wide variety of fish caught at specific times of year combined with fresh vegetables and vibrant spices. The book also includes “A Separate Season” for seafood available year-round, and healthful and ocean-friendly substitutes for fish species that are popular yet overharvested. In addition, Seaver takes a holistic approach to sustainability and covers wellness, portion size, fishermen, catch methods, and a fish’s role in the marine ecosystem.

For Cod and Country is part of Seaver’s mission to help us engage in a more sustainable food system on nearly every level. The story of successful conservation is a lesson of responsible consumption. It is a tale of the opportunity that we have to make tasty and personally sustaining choices that keep our needs in balance with what the world can provide.

Barton Seaver’s childhood in Washington, D.C., centered around the family dinner table. After graduating with honors from the Culinary Institute of America, he traveled extensively and found work at a small family restaurant in southern Spain. The casual, ingredient-based cooking style there would prove to be an important influence in his perception of food as an essential part of community. Since then, he has focused on using his knowledge and experience to link seafood to broader socioeconomic, ecological, health, and cultural issues.

As a National Geographic Fellow, Seaver works with the global partnership initiative Mission Blue to increase awareness of the ocean crisis and inspire action. In 2010, he gave a TED Talk on sustainable seafood aboard the National Geographic Endeavour in Ecuador. He developed a list of ocean friendly substitutes for popular yet depleted seafood species, and co-created the Seafood Decision Guide to help consumers evaluate seafood based on health and environmental factors. Currently he hosts the National Geographic Web series Cook-Wise, where he introduces the fishermen, farmers, and scientists working to bring more sustainable food to the table.

Seaver’s insights have been featured in such publications as Cooking Light, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, Fortune, and Vanity Fair. He has appeared on CNN, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Bloomberg Radio. He is also a regular guest on the radio show National Geographic Weekend with host Boyd Matson. His three-part television series In Search of Food tells the story of the locavore movement through local farmers, chefs, and food specialists in New York, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. The series premieres on the Ovation network in May 2011.

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