Celebrity Chefs Celebrate the Holidays

 

Celebrity Chef Holidays: Bobby Flay

As a part of our Celebrity Chefs Holiday series, some of America's best-known chefs and food television personalities share their favorite holiday dishes, provide recipes for them, and even tell us who will be at their holiday tables. Today we talk to Bobby Flay, famed restaurateur, Food Network personality, and cookbook author.

20080610-flay.jpgWhat's your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal? My favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is definitely the "oyster" of the turkey. It's usually my first taste of turkey of the day and usually the best.

What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year? I cook Thanksgiving every year at my apartment in New York, and we usually have about 40 people. It ranges from family to good friends and some of my employees from the restaurants who can't make it to their hometown for the holidays. This year's menu will have a Latin flavor with influences from Cuba, Spain, and South America. Just a couple of examples: The turkey will be roasted with chimichurri, the sweet potatoes will be combined with mashed plantains, and the cranberries will be sweetened with guava.

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Celebrity Chef Holidays: Lidia Bastianich

As a part of our Celebrity Chefs Holiday series, some of America's best-known chefs and food television personalities share their favorite holiday dishes, provide recipes for them, and even tell us who will be at their holiday tables. Today we talk to Lidia Bastianich, famed restaurateur, public television personality, and cookbook author.

20080418-lidia.jpgWhat's your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal and why? My favorite part of Thanksgiving is that it is an all-American holiday. Being Italian, every family holiday we celebrate in the Italian tradition, recipes, and customs. On the other hand, on Thanksgiving I cook mostly American: pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and molasses, warm apple pie with ice cream, and a big roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry-quince chutney. America offered my family and I refuge and the possibility of a new life when I was only 13. This is the holiday where I especially feel American, and the nature of this holiday makes me feel especially grateful to this country. On Thanksgiving as we gather around the table every year is an affirmation, Italian of origin, we feel truly blessed and grateful to be Americans.

What are you doing for Christmas this year? Who's going to be there? What is the menu going to be? Christmas Day will most likely be at my house and my brother with his family of five, Tanya and her family of four, Joseph and his family of five, Joe's in-laws and sister in-law's family of six will come over for dinner. (The menu, after the jump.)

Could you share a favorite Thanksgiving recipe with the Serious Eats community? Everybody loves the butternut squash tiramisù and the cranberry-quince chutney I make.

What's your favorite part of the Christmas meal and why? A moving moment for me is when the whole family is around the table. We say grace, and the aromas of the food fill the air, and I feel very gratified when I serve the capon tortellini soup and Olivia, Lorenzo, Miles, Ethan, and Julia, my five grandchildren devour it and ask for seconds. At that point I know they have been nourished with food and love, and they know it as well.

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Celebrity Chef Holidays: Mario Batali

As a part of our Celebrity Chefs Holiday series, some of America's best-known chefs and food television personalities share their favorite holiday dishes, provide recipes for them, and even tell us who will be at their holiday tables. Today we talk to Mario Batali.

batali-holidayfood.jpgWhat's your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal and why? I love the stuffing and the gravy, they represent the most personal components of the meal. I don't think I'm alone in this regard. Doesn't everyone love stuffing and gravy?

What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year? Who's going to be there? What is the menu going to be? We're going to my sister-in-law's house with my wife Susi's family. I do not know the menu. It's really fun to go to somebody else's house and just enjoy the holiday.

Could you share a favorite Thanksgiving recipe with the Serious Eats community? My Goat Cheese Truffle recipe. It's good any time of the year, but somehow it just feels right to serve it at Thanksgiving.

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Celebrity Chef Holidays

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Clockwise from top left: Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Cat Cora, and Lidia Bastianich.

As part of our commitment to provide serious eaters with the most informative and entertaining holiday food content, we will bring you unprecedented glimpses into the holiday lives of some of America's best-known chefs and food television personalities. People like Mario Batali and Thomas Keller will talk about their favorite holiday dishes, provide recipes for them, and even tell us who will be at their holiday tables.

First up is serious eater Batali, currently starring in PBS's Spain... On the Road Again with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Bittman.. He'll be followed by, among other folks, Lidia Bastianich and Cat Cora. We'll let the rest of the A-list chefs be a surprise.

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