Apr 9, 2020
Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today Rick and I send our love and prayers to everyone during this global pandemic of coronavirus. Rick grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rick’s consciousness was raised by the region’s great ethnic restaurants and local farms. He began in the food business in high school, and after graduating in Theater from San Francisco State University, Rick moved to New York, where he was instantly immersed in the restaurant and catering world. His catering firm, Cuisine Américaine broke new ground when, as a young American chef, he created events for the Services Culturels of the French Embassy’s offices in New York City. It was there that he initially entertained the food editors and executives who would commission his first books and recipe development jobs. Through his work as a personal chef to Jerry Stiller and the late Anne Meara, he met and catered for many of New York’s show business elite. These relationships paved the way for his career helping celebrities and chefs tell their own stories. A number of Rick’s projects have landed on The New York Times Best Seller list or gone on to win Beard, IACP, and Gourmand Awards and nominations. In addition to his own book such as Comfort Food, Big Book of Side Dishes, Thanksgiving 101, and Kaffeehaus, Rick has worked with many renowned personalities including chefs Alfred Portale (Gotham Bar and Grill), Richard Sandoval (Maya), and Jeffrey Nathan (Abagael’s). He counts iconic baker Dan Leader and the late fashion guru, Lilly Pulitzer, among his clients, as well as Oprah Winfrey’s former chef Art Smith and two “Real Housewives” from the Bravo TV series.
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