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Chef Race: Meet Don PV, the Madonna of the Culinary World

I’m winding down my coverage of Chef Race Team USA‘s “all-American” recipes. To review, click here. Today, I’m very excited to present to you the one and only, fabulous Chef Don Peavy (PV). To try to explain the shenanigans of Team US on the road, I sent my parents this video of Don. My dad just responded: “yikes.” Chef PV is the Madonna of the food world with a culinary history informed by the various chefs in his family. Growing up among the oil field elites in Texas, Don’s fancy private school friends from abroad gave him some of his early food experiences and helped developed his fearless palate. Don began his professional career in San Francisco working as an Account Executive for a boutique Public Relations firm. A year of corporate life took its toll on Don’s soul and … Continue reading

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Chef Race: Meet Chef Robin, She Ain’t No Southern Bell

The Chef Race premiere is three days away!! I’ve got three more chefs from Team USA to introduce you to (if you need to review, check out Ronaldo, Pippa, Stan, and Bianca). Today, we’ve got Chef & Trainer Robin Bodwin. Despite her tough exterior, I knew Robin and I would get along when I saw how much purple she wore, and when I saw the fear in her eyes when she asked if we could bring snack bars in our backpacks, and was swiftly denied. I packed two industrial-sized boxes of Kind Bars in my suitcase, so it was nice to hear that someone else was not only as prepared as I was, but equally cranky when hungry. Robin is a force of nature with a take no prisoners approach to life. She not only runs her own catering business … Continue reading

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Chef Race: Meet Bianca, our Resident Flour Girl

Leading up to the premiere of Chef Race on October 2nd, I’ll be introducing you to all my fellow chefs from Team USA and sharing some of their special “all-American” recipes. So far, we’ve got an Ex-Marine, a NY Times Two-Star Chef, and the Drummer from Sugar Ray. Today, I bring you the “flour” girl who owns more red dresses than anyone I know: Bianca! The first thing I noticed about Bianca was, wow, that woman really took the personal color scheme memo to heart. But when I found out she owns her own dessert catering company, I deeply respected her marketing savvy and desire to stay on-brand down to the fishnets and character shoes. As a young girl, Bianca Rose loved cooking dinner for her parents. Using her wild imagination, she pretended that the garden window was a television … Continue reading

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Chef Race: Meet Stan, Drummer Boy Turned Chef

Leading up to the premiere of Chef Race on October 2nd, I’ll be introducing you to all my fellow chefs from Team USA and sharing some of their special “all-American” recipes. So far, we’ve got Ronaldo and Pippa. Today, it’s time for you to meet Stan, who I’ve been acquainted with for years–within the context of middle school dances and middle school boys who wore cheesy band T-Shirts–without even knowing it. During the days leading up to the show, when we were holed up in a hotel in Santa Monica, Stan Frazier was by far the quietest character on the scene. He was a little older than most of the group, so I thought he was probably some incredibly bad-ass restaurant chef who only wore Nike track pants, and was a bit “above” what we were about to do. Not … Continue reading

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Chef Race: Meet Chef Pippa, a Cook with a Cause

Leading up to the premiere of Chef Race on October 2nd, I’ll be introducing you to all my fellow chefs from Team USA and sharing some of their special “all-American” recipes. First up was Ronaldo. Today, we’ve got another one of my besties, chef Pippa! Pippa Calland and I bonded early on by nerding out to the Sunday Times on one of our down days, and comparing notes on growing up with hippie parents. She’s by far the most experienced and decorated of the US chefs, including two stars from said NY Times for her work at Le Madri. She is the daughter of members of the nascent American foodie movement and spent her childhood trying to avoid the jeers from her peers due to her parent’s beekeeping, ardent gardening and composting in suburban Indianapolis in the 1970’s. (And being out … Continue reading

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Chef Race: ‘Spend a Penny’ & Other Items from the British-American Dictionary

One of my favorite things about doing Chef Race was getting to know a lot of wacky Brits. They really tried to fuel the rivalry between the teams, so it was actually the cameramen, sound guys, producers, coordinators and such who really expanded my horizons and taught me a whole new British vocabulary to fill in for everyday objects and sayings. Sometimes, I had no idea what they were talking about. What do you mean there are crisps in the boot with my rucksack? One of my favorite British personalities was our AP, Alex. Bianca and I took it upon ourselves to relentlessly “hen-peck” him. But I think he liked it. There was a rule that you had to stay 20-feet away from a camera at all times. During the first episode, we managed to run away and lose Alex … Continue reading

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Chef Race: Meet Chef Ronaldo, the Man Behind the Fedora

Leading up to the premiere of Chef Race on October 2nd, I’ll be introducing you to all my fellow chefs from Team USA and sharing some of their special “all-American” recipes. As we learned from our crazy travels across the country, American cuisine can be just about anything. Fried Twinkies anyone? So hopefully these recipes will be one way of getting to know these colorful characters a little better. First up is my pal from the dirty Jerz, Ronaldo Linares. This man has a lot of love to share. He talks a lot – and sometimes you can just make out what he’s saying. Either way, he always makes me laugh. Watch his British accent impression, and you will too. But onto the serious stuff… Ronaldo is CEO of Ronaldo’s Cocina and executive chef of Martino’s Cuban Restaurant. After his … Continue reading

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Chef Race: Meet Team USA

Let me paint a little picture for you. I arrived in LA on a spring evening, bleary eyed and shaking like a little Chihuahua who’s about to pee on the carpet. (Sorry, Jennifer Lawrence. Had to steal your line). Less than 24 hours prior, I was still frantically running around the city buying bright colored T-shirts and obsessing over which shade of neon purple should be the cornerstone of my color scheme – because, oh yes, we were required to have a color scheme. I had no idea where I would be going or what I would be doing, so it was a little hard to guess whether or not my Lara Croft hiking boots and waterproof matches container were overkill. I ended up bringing them both, along with another 50 unnecessary gadgets and outfit options. At LAX, I was … Continue reading

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Chef Race: The Revolutionary War, Re-Imagined Through Food

I’ve been pretty elusive about why I fell off the grid for two months this summer. It was kind of strange to give birth to Feed Me Phoebe and then leave it shuttered for many more days than it had been alive. But it was a necessary hiatus – one that involved a cross-country food and media adventure. I may have mentioned as much a few months ago before I left, but that was putting it mildly. The trip was filmed. There was $100,000 at stake. It involved 8 British chefs and 7 other Americans. We started on the Santa Monica pier with no money in our pockets, and just our knives and cooking/hustling skills to get us from city to city, and to trade for food and shelter. The cat’s officially out of the bag, so you can read … Continue reading

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