Wednesday, June 15, 2011

6/15 Crystal Bowersox on Diabetes, Chef David LeFevre, Kristi Yamaguchi

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Crystal Bowersox, Runner Up on American Idol Season 9 and One of America’s Most Talented New Artists, Talks About Managing Her Diabetes while Putting Life First

You may know her as the girl with the wild hair and the soulful voice that all but dominated the ninth season of American Idol. But at age six, Crystal Bowersox –one of America’s most talented new artists, was diagnosed with diabetes. She hasn’t let the disease prevent her from living her life, and she’s become a great role model for others with diabetes.

Diabetes is a growing epidemic, affecting nearly 26 million Americans. Crystal wants to help others with the disease understand that it’s possible to put life first and achieve your dreams with proper management. That’s why, in addition to releasing her new single and shouldering the responsibilities of being a mom, Crystal has partnered with OneTouch® to share her experiences and strategies for controlling her diabetes including the importance of regular blood sugar testing to live a healthy and successful life.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Chef David LeFevre Tells Us About His Restaurant, Manhattan Beach Post

Chef David LeFevre, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, developed his passion for cooking as a child by helping his Mother in the kitchen. He says “I loved the food my mother made and realized that if I knew how to cook, I wouldn’t have to wait for someone else to cook for me.” Yet as a teen he set off on the Industrial Engineering track at the University of Wisconsin, temporarily forgoing his culinary pursuits. Of course it wasn’t long before LeFevre left the Engineering world and, after working in various restaurants, enrolled at the renowned Culinary Institute of America. It was during this time that he interned at Chef Charlie Trotter’s celebrated restaurant in Chicago and made such an impression that he landed a job as tournant at Trotter’s Las Vegas, where he worked until it closed in 1995.

In parting with Trotter’s, LeFevre seized the opportunity to travel to France and hone his classical skills in some of the world’s most distinguished kitchens. This experience enhanced his resume with a list of apprenticeships that include the late Bernard Loiseau’s restaurant, La Côte d’Or, Restaurant Jean Bardet and Roger Vergé’s Le Moulin de Mougins. Upon returning to the United States, LeFevre moved to Chicago to once again work with his mentor Charlie Trotter where he quickly advanced to become sous chef.

In addition to pursuing his responsibilities in one of America’s top kitchens, LeFevre also participated in over fifty national and international culinary events during this time. Additionally, he cooked alongside some of the world’s best chefs, heads of state, and at the James Beard House, and developed recipes that ultimately appeared in several of Trotter’s award-winning coffee table cookbooks. As a representative of Trotter’s, LeFevre contributed to the production of the PBS television series, Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter and had the extraordinary opportunity to work with visiting chefs like culinary masters Alain Ducasse, Michel Trama and Gordon Ramsey.

In 2002, LeFevre decided to explore new and exotic cuisines, which launched him on a two year globetrotting experience all over Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, the Caribbean, and Europe. He consulted, made guest appearances and conducted promotional events in destinations as diverse as Singapore, Bangkok, Stockholm and Tokyo by teaming up with leading hoteliers and restaurateurs. In 2004, LeFevre was recruited as Executive Chef of the Water Grill, downtown Los Angeles’ seminal seafood restaurant. Under LeFevre’s six year culinary leadership Water Grill earned a coveted Michelin star and further solidified its reputation as one of Los Angeles’ must-go-to destination restaurants.

Now at Manhattan Beach Post (M.B. Post), LeFevre is eager to return to his roots with a highly personal and soulful restaurant offering a more rustic menu of playful, artisanal dishes designed to be shared, and complemented by artfully crafted cocktails and small production wines. A Manhattan Beach resident, LeFevre is thrilled to bring the neighborhood a Social House where guests come for dinner but stay for the spirited and engaging atmosphere. When not in the kitchen, LeFevre enjoys riding his bike around his Manhattan Beach neighborhood and turning up the volume on some great tunes.

Kristi Yamaguchi Stops By to Tell Us What's She's Up To!

Many know Kristi Yamaguchi as an Olympic figure skating superstar. But she’s also a mother of two, author, artist, philanthropist & public speaker. Oh, and a “Dancing With The Stars” winner! How does she juggle it all? Kristi talks about her career, her busy life and to share advice with busy, working moms everywhere! The life of a woman in the 21st century is often a hectic one. Juggling a career, children and life’s everyday obstacles can sometimes be a true balancing act for many working moms.

Olympic athlete Kristi Yamaguchi can certainly relate. And she also knows that staying healthy is essential to getting it all done. What’s next? Kristi will share with viewers how she manages it all, what’s ahead for her career and what’s it’s like to be an active, working mother of two in 2011.

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