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Chris Cognac

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  1. Steven helped make the world a much smaller place and helped open my eyes to the world, food and people around me....RIP Fat Guy
  2. I did the whole evening at Hells Kitchen thing...it really was as bad as it looks on TV....but there was a lot of booze!
  3. I think its played out, I mean there are some great steaks on the strip and downtown...for $$$$ and for $....but., that said, tourists will flock to the place and pay way too much cash for what will be an average steak...that said, I might check it out...but only to call him Donkey!
  4. Chris! Good to see you again. I think your show was aimed exactly at foodies. Why else do it? Thanks....I guess I should hang around a bit more often....I just burnt out for a while....the show was aimed at foodies...but it was a bit "too foodie" at the time....and I was told it was about TV, not foodies....as I learned during the process...it is about TV
  5. One of the first things I was told when making food tv was that we were not making a show for foodies.....but I thought that was the whole point of food tv?
  6. I contacted a few N.O. locals, including my producer who is from N.O......oh and to clarify, the refusals from places were for my show, I dont know about feasting as I was not on the trip itself....I was contantly sending information gathered from cops, foodies and other sources along the route to them....I am sure there were others as well....from what I have seen I think they did a great job on the trip....it was a long month for them, I can tell you that...
  7. There was a ton of research done for the show....I can tell you that firsthand....I know that he was trying to find a good muffalata place in New Orleans....there are a ton of logistics involved.....and remember....not everyone wants to be on TV.....we (Hungry Detective Crew) were told several times by restaurants that they did not wish to be on TV....
  8. They just got done shooting it, should air soon....Jill Davie is in it, she is the best...exec at Josie here in L.A. and a fireball....really fun and creative.
  9. Jill is a friend of of mine and great chef...she is a fireball and I think she will do great, I am keeping my fingers crossed for her!
  10. We are going to the premiere in Hollywood on Friday...cant wait! It looks so cool! Chris
  11. Hung is the man, he is my friend Adam's Sous at Guy Savoy....I know for a fact that all those young chefs at Guy are top notch...I am rooting for Hung!
  12. I watched it for a few mins last night....that is the extent I will be able to comment on it....and to answer WiscoNoles comment about trashing of Food Network people....its amazing, the anonamity internet let people say really mean and cruel things without thinking of what the person on the receiving end feels...I mean its brutal....but enough said....I am gonna watch hells kitchen tonight...Donkey!!
  13. I know that Hung is a Sous Chef at Guy Savoy and is highly thought of by Adam Sobel who is Chef De Cuisine and one of the hottest young chefs around. Adam says that Hung is gonna kick butt!
  14. Wow, I thought they would be gone from New Orleans already...yea they hit the road on Monday...going up the Mississippi...
  15. Thanks.....we actually wanted to do something like that....Oh and the shorts thing....I wanted to wear them more....but Sean would only let me wear em in 1 segment in Miami!!! I have not scene the show....so I cant comment on it....the promo's look good though...
  16. Just for the record, much of the voice over is done on the fly, at least half mine was done in an office or hotel room...with no video....it takes a very long time to edit things....it could be that an editor did not know something and put a different image in where the voice over said something else...that said, we were very very careful to check our facts on Hungry Detective....but I do see how things like that can happen...
  17. Joyful House on Spring Mountain...the chef/owner is also the exec at MGM's exclusive Chinese place...the Joyful House is his own...so you make the choice.....
  18. Fantastic....I live next to terminal Island and never imagined what went on inside the kitchens there...I am so buying the book!
  19. Make a name for youself, be different from the other chefs and try to stand out....there are a number of ways people are chosen for the competition. I do know that geography play a part as they dont want, say 8 chefs from DC all in one season....they try to get a good mix of folks from across America and beyond.... If you are good enough, people will begin to notice you...then someone involved will notice you and drop your name....but, you need to have something special that makes you a good choice....Chef Cantu was a good example using lasers and stuff like that...it had people talking, it wa
  20. I saw that in the paper here in L.A.. and somehow it didnt suprise me.....
  21. I actually lost 5 lbs during the shoots, but gained it back...the rest of the gang all gained weight here is a link to some nice pics of the canela shoot during the storm http://www.canelamiami.com/photogallery/index.htm
  22. You have a pleathora of Mexican options.....Pachanga while ok, is pretty corporate....If you want authentic Mexican (not for Gringo's) head out to a little 4 table place in Hawthorne called Licha's...its in the 4200 blk of El Segundo Blvd....everything homemade...or if you want Tacos where I took Alton in feasting, go to Acosta Taco stand...its on Imperial hwy, just west of Hawthorne Blvd....just short of the runways at LAX....if you want Mariscos...check out a place at 107th and inglewood ave in Lennox...right under the flight path....wont be a gringo in sight...you can miss it...its the only
  23. Thanks...We will see what happens, I would love to do a few specials...best burger....vending machine food in Japan, stuff like that.....I also want to do the "ota faction" for Iron Chef and see if I can get some young hot sous chefs on the show...speaking of which...remember the young chefs from my Vegas show....cant say any more at the moment.... I am proud of our little show....we sure got to show some great folks to the rest of America....I know it wasnt for everyone, but we stuck pretty true to the food and the stories behind the food, people etc..plus we got a few eG folks on the show to
  24. If you like the show....watch Miami....there will be no more new shows.....
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