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New Food Network Series: Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen

Jamie DeenNEW YORK, NY – May 8, 2012 – Jamie Deen combines his two great passions of food and family for Food Network in Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen, premiering Saturday, June 16th at 10:30am ET/PT. Jamie always welcomes a helping hand in the kitchen putting his personal and professional skills to the test to create great family dinners. Whether his son Jack helps make hand-churned homemade ice cream, or Grandma Ginny (aka, Jamie’s mom, Paula Deen) comes over to help put the finishing touches on a dish; at the end of a long day, Jamie spends quality time in the kitchen and at the table, making meals to get everyone Home for Dinner!

“In this day and age, balancing your work and personal life is a job in itself,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, Food Network.  “With Jamie’s dedicated schedule as a working dad, he still makes time for his family to gather around the table to share simple and delicious recipes for a home cooked meal every night.”

Shot in Tybee Island, Georgia, the 10 episode series features Jamie making savory meals with the family including a Taco Night fiesta for Jack’s friends and parents, a Big Green Salad with Jam Jar Dressings 2 Ways, guaranteed to make the adults and kids happy,and a Cast Iron Skillet Focaccia.

Jamie Deen is an entrepreneur, businessman, author and son of American cooking and lifestyle icon Paula Deen. Jamie has been an integral part of expanding the concept of the legendary small business The Bag Lady into one of America’s most successful restaurant launches, with the 1989 opening of The Lady and Sons in Savannah, Georgia.  Jamie’s careful attention to the business side enabled his mom to craft recipes that helped garner national exposure for the restaurant. Soon after, Jamie and his brother Bobby began making regular appearances on their mom’s cooking shows on Food Network and later launched their own show on the network, “Road Tasted,” which followed The Deen Brothers as they explored America in search of more examples of love and warmth-infused cooking.  Jamie is also an accomplished author and has published four books: The Deen Bros. Cookbook-Recipes From the Road (2007), Y’all Come Eat (2008), Take It Easy (2009) and Get Fired Up (2011).

Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen is produced by Follow Productions.  Series premieres Saturday, June 16th at 10:30am ET/PT.

New Food Network Series Premieres Saturday, June 16th at 10:30am ET/PT

WTVC Exclusive: Bikini Lifestyles’ Susan Irby

Not too long ago I was writing for a site called Paper Palate doing cookbook reviews.  One month I was assigned two cookbooks from Adams Media’s $7 Meals series.  Both were written by Susan Irby.  While doing my research I learned that Susan billed herself as “the Bikini Chef.”  I’m a guy so of course I was intrigued.

Stuart and Susan Irby

Susan Irby and I at the Taste Awards

After doing some more research (Susan calls it stalking) I stumbled onto her site and we began communicating via e-mail about the books.  That led to Friending each other on Facebook and following each other on Twitter.  From time to time we even spoke on the phone.  In January of 2010 I was a judge for the Taste Awards and Susan was one of the Red Carpet Ambassadors for the Award Show.   Finally we got to meet IRL as the kids call it.  She remains to this day one of the best friends I have in this whole celebrity chef world.  I don’t even mind that she’s an Alabama fan.

Three years ago Susan began a radio show called Bikini Lifestyles that expanded on her persona as the Bikini Chef.  It was a show unlike anything the listeners of LA had ever heard.  Three co-hosts and celebrity guests from every field all talking about healthy eating, exercise and fashion.  The show would occasionally venture off its set formula to include dalliances into culture like wine, the Oscars or when a certain Wannabe TV Chef was asked on to discuss the history of Mardi Gras in America.

The show was a hit so it should come as no surprise that TV should come knocking.  Bikini Lifestyles is now a TV series on PBSTM BL:TV is like nothing national public television has ever done.  The majority of their food related programming has followed the stand-and-stir format pioneered by Julia Child.  Perhaps it is time to stir things up a bit.  Bikini Lifestyles is more of a lifestyles show, like The Chew, than it is a cooking show.

So just what is Bikini Lifestyles about?  Let’s find out.

First tell me about your Quinoa book.

I’m very excited about my Quinoa book.  Ever since I started writing it I see Quinoa everywhere.  I have over 200 recipes and I invited some of my chef friends to contribute a few recipes like Chef Brendan Collins.  I’m excited.  You can pretty much use Quinoa anywhere you use rice.  It’s going to be a great book that will appeal to a lot of people, I belive.

When does it come out?

July 3rd.

And it’s called the Alabama Fan’s Guide to Quinoa right?

[LAUGHS] Nooo… It’s called the The Complete Idiot’s Guide Quinoa Cookbook.  It’s got pretty much everything you need to know about Quinoa.

How did Bikini Lifestyles come to be?

As long as I have been the Bikini Chef people have been saying, “You should be on TV.”  You know how that goes, Stuart.  Well just out of the blue last year I got a phone call from this production company out of New York and they said they wanted to do a pilot.  And I was like, “Oh yeah right.”  Delete.  Delete.  Delete the message.  They kept calling back so finally I decided to take the call.

And so, we went to New York and shot the pilot.  They sent the pilot out and they got a lot of interest.  And now Bikini Lifestyles is the only food and fitness show on the air, at least that I know of.

What can viewers expect to see on Bikini Lifestyles?

It’s wine, dining and work out.  We have a little bit of wine, we have food, we have a little bit of fitness.  In one episode we’re doing Pilates, one we’re playing tennis and in one we’re boxing but we wind up each show with fashion to prove we can clean up well.  You just get the whole flavor.  We’re living an everything in moderation lifestyle.

Tell me a little about your co-hosts.

We’ve been doing the radio show for almost three years and we just really work well together.  Let’s start with Denice (Fladeboe) she’s the voice of reason.  She’s very elegant, she’s a world traveler and she runs her family automotive business and they’ve had that business for over 50 years.

Then we have Steve.  Steve (Valentine) is the complete opposite.  Steve’s a scene-stealer.  He brings a lot of um… um… I don’t know what the right word would be.  I don’t want to say chaos but sometimes it feels like that.

When was the official premiere of the show?

The show’s premiere was April 15.  So far we have had more than 50% of the PBSTM affiliates express interest.

Did you do anything special like throw a viewing party?

Actually we threw a launch party on the last day of shooting and while we had our film crew there we wanted to film our launch party.  So they filmed it and we did a live broadcast of the radio show from it with Chef Brendan Collins who’s one of the chefs on the show.  We had a pink carpet so everybody got to walk the pink carpet.

So what’s next for the Bikini Chef?

Season 2.  You can rest assured that wine, dining and working out will be on the agenda.


Check local listings for schedule in your area.  Also available on independent cable networks.

Review: Not My Mama’s Meals

Follow Productions is the brainchild of host/producer Gordon Elliot and under his leadership has produced some of the most successful food programming in history.  Elliot hosted one of my favorite shoes, Follow That Food as well as Door Knock Dinners.  He also made celebrities out of everyday people like master sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson, BBQ enthusiasts Pat and Gina Neely and of course restauranteur Paula Deen.

Follow Productions is the force behind hit shows like Paula’s Best Dishes, Road Tasted and the Chew.  With a history of producing shows who’s menus tip towards extravagant ingredients and colossal calorie counts the time has come for a show with a more health conscious treatment.  Enter Not My Mama’s Meals.

Not My Mama's MealsMama’s stars my favorite member of the Deen clan, Bobby Deen.  Where his brother Jamie inherited their mother’s bigger-than-life personality the youngest Deen has always seemed like a down to earth guy that you’d like to hang out with.  Although his schtick isn’t as large as the rest of his family, Bobby still has the same on-camera charm.

In this series, Bobby takes his mother’s recipes and transforms her Southern comfort food into lighter, lean, yet still delicious dishes. Each week, the camera follows Bobby as he tries to recreate one of his Mama’s famous meals with healthy substitutes that cut down on calories and fat, but still deliver on taste.

The timing of the show is perfect as recently Paula Deen revealed that she suffers from Diabetes.  If I had to guess I’d say she and Bobby have been working on her diet for a while now and the result of their efforts fuels the recipes for the new show.  But that is just my own speculation.

In the most recent episode I viewed, Bobby was joined in his NYC loft by friend and fellow healthy eating guru Daphne Oz (co-host of the Chew and daughter of Dr. Oz).  The stunning blond helped out as Deen streamlined his mother’s shrimp and grits into shrimp and polenta then cut 600 plus calories from her fried apple pies.  Each episode ends with Mama trying her son’s reboots of her recipes and casting her critique upon them.

I have to say that Not My Mama’s Meals is one of the best shows to come from one of the top production companies of food programming.  Deen’s recipes are packed with flavor despite the reduction in fat and calories of those that inspire them.  This show is a winner.

For two decades now Food Network, Cooking Channel and other networks have heard cries from viewers that they want a show about healthy eating.  The problem is that whenever one hits the airwaves those same people who whined about healthy food shows never watch them.  Ever since the old Graham Kerr show of the early 90’s cable networks have struggled to find another healthy food show that people will actually watch.  Not My Mama’s Meals may just be that show.

Not My Mama’s Meals airs Sundays at 12:30pm ET on the Cooking Channel.

Review: The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat

In 2004, Joshua and Jessica Applestone (in a self-described act of craziness) opened Fleisher’s Grass-fed & Organic Meats in Kingston, New York, in an effort to provide locals (and themselves) with sustainable meat—and managed to The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meatcreate an old-school nose-to-tail butcher shop with a modern-day mission. Seven years later, Joshua and Jessica have revived a lost art. They are the go-to experts on well-raised meat, and along with Alexandra Zissu, have put together the ultimate guide to buying, cutting, and cooking meat that you can feel good about eating. Joshua, a third-generation butcher and former vegan, and Jessica, a former vegetarian, are advocates for humanely and ecologically raised meat, and they promote their craft through their wildly popular classes at Fleisher’s.

Despite what those crazy ass Vegans tell you, the human body needs meat.  There is nothing that sprouts, blooms or fruits that can replace it in our diet.  For those with “ethical” concerns about meat then The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat is exactly what you need.  After suffering some of the many ills that come from a Vegan diet Josh Applestone decided to return to an omnivore’s diet and to go about butchering the right way.  He and his wife Jessica have really set down great guidelines so that you too can do it.

In The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat you will learn how to tell the difference between properly raised meat and the crap at your local mega mart.  The Applestone’s provide help in finding ethical butchers and just as importantly how to cook it.  I absolutely love this book and I think you will too.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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