My Interview with Ted Allen

August 14, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Food expert, culinary writer, TV personality all can be used to describe Ted Allen, host of the Food Network’s Food Detectives.  As I name-dropped a while back I had been granted an interview with Ted Allen.  Unfortunately, Ted’s flight back to the city had been delayed and he had to cancel several of his scheduled interviews.  Today, Ted called and I got to spend about 20 minutes chatting with him.

The questions that I asked Ted will be published soon enough on either Paper Palate or Edible TV.  Don’t worry Cate and Sandy, I won’t delve into them now.  Instead I will just elaborate on what a great interview Ted is.

Ted has that vibe that you have known him for a while and I guess for most foodies it is kind of true.  Ted has been gracing our screens for many years now.  First on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, then as a judge on cooking shows like Top Chef and Iron Chef: America and now on Food Detectives.

Ted seemed as interested in learning about me as I was about him.  I guess that is why he is an award winning writer, because he understands that every place you go and every one you meet has a story of their own.  In the twenty minutes or so that we spoke we talked about the cuisines of Europe, New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Nashville, Africa, the Midwest, and the Third Coast.  We discussed the creativity of Masaharu Morimoto, Bobby Flay, and Michael Symon as well as the brilliance of Alton Brown.  In all honesty, if the lunch rush hadn’t demanded that I get back to the kitchen I think I would have been on the phone with him all afternoon.  I even agreed to e-mail him a copy of the recipe for West Indies Salad.

Business aside, we were two foodies sharing a common passion.  Ted is my second interview with a Food Network celebrity (the first was Bobby Flay) and I am overwhlemed with how down-to-earth to he is.  Sorry, I just had to throw that cliché in; I think it’s a law.  Now I’m going to sit back and watch another episode of Food Detectives and follow it up with an ICA (Cora v Psilakis) where Ted was a judge.  It is fun for me to see how differently I view a personality after I have met them.

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Stuart Reb Donald

Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."

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