When they’re not cooking up insanely mouthwatering dishes at their flagship restaurants, these three men have gigs as some of televisions most esteemed celebrity chefs. And as the names behind their own signature cookware lines, now we can hone our own culinary skills with plenty of help from Curtis Stone, Mario Batali, and Wolfgang Puck. Chances are, you know who they are, but let us refresh your memory.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Curtis was inspired to cook by his mother’s baking skills and his grandmother’s famous fudge. Halfway through business school, he decided the suit-and-tie world wasn’t for him and went on to work for the Savoy Hotel in Melbourne before shipping off to London, where he honed his culinary skills under chef Marco Pierre White. He’s appeared in several cooking programs across the UK and U.S., including his stint as the host of Top Chef Masters on The Food Network and his starring role on Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo.
Raised in Seattle, WA, Mario studied Spanish theatre before taking a culinary apprenticeship with chef Marco Pierre White. He went through three demanding years of training in the northern Italian village of Borgo Capanne before returning to the U.S. and opening his flagship restaurant, Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in Greenwich Village. Today, you know him as the host of two programs on The Food Network, Molto Mario and Ciao America,and for his role on Iron Chef America.
Hailing from Austria, Wolfgang began cooking by his mother’s side as a child. With her encouragement, he began formal culinary training at age 14 and then decided to leave Europe for America at the age of 24. He settled into his life in Los Angeles and soon became a noted chef at Ma Maison in West Hollywood. He then went on to create his first restaurant, Spago, and later formed his own catering company, Wolfgang Puck Catering. In 2000, his Emmy award–winning television series, Wolfgang Puck, debuted on The Food Network.
In honor of my three favorite Food Network chefs (who doesn’t love Rachael Ray, Mario Batali, and Wolfgang Puck?), I’m sharing a mouthwatering recipe from each that I can actually pull off – which means pretty much anyone can. Bon appétit!
I’m a huge fan of Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals and just about every kind of wine, so this Drunken Spaghetti recipe is right up my alley.
Spicy grilled pineapple salsa? Just pass the whole bag of tortillas. It’s dishes like this that actually get me excited for Monday Night Football.
Everyone should have a good eggplant parm recipe up their sleeve, and this one by Mario Batali is how I wow the parents when they come to visit.