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Sizzlin' TV shows, films for the foodies among us

June 7, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Here is a rundown of some hot culinary shows coming up on the horizon. These excerpts were taken from press various releases.

Just in time for you to get your “grill on” for the July 4th weekend, “Martha Stewart Presents: Grilling Secrets of the Master Chefs,” premiering Friday, June 24 on the Hallmark Channel.

During this primetime special, Martha grills up some of her favorite summer dishes and enlists the help of some of America’s top chefs including Emeril Lagasse, Chris Schlesinger Elizabeth Karmel, Bill Taibe and Brad Farmerie. Recipes include barbecued oysters with bacon and garlic butter; grilled clams with garlic, white wine and tomatoes and Southeast Asian-style grilled shrimp with aromatic herbs.

Join celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito at the table for a taste of his exclusive New York City parties on Bravo’s “Rocco’s Dinner Party.” This self-contained competition series gives three highly skilled chefs a shot at crafting the perfect evening for DiSpirito and his handpicked celebrity guests.

The competing chefs hail from all walks of lives – from restaurateurs to caterers to self-taught foodies – and the winner of each episode will take home a prize of $20,000. It airs Wednesday, June 15 on the Bravo cable channel.

Lucinda Scala Quinn is no stranger to feeding the men in her life— growing up with four brothers and now living in New York City with her three sons and husband, Lucinda Scala Quinn has spent a lifetime cooking for the guys!

So who better to turn to for advice on man-approved recipes for Dad’s big day?

In fact, in an upcoming episode of her daily cooking series “Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn,” airing Friday, June 17 on Hallmark Channel, she prepares a special Father's Day dinner, along with her son Calder.

The special steak dinner for Dad includes balsamic-marinated sirloin steak and summer vegetable kebabs, grilled to perfection, and finished off with a zesty chimichurri herb sauce. Then, refreshing beer-based Michelada cocktails and a sweet treat just for Dad: strawberry-vanilla ice cream cake.

Alive Mind Cinema will do the definitive documentary EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS about Ferran Adrià and the boundless culinary creativity and uncompromising methodology he orchestrates at his gastronomical mecca: El Bulli. The film will open at New York’s Film Forum on July 27th, followed by a nationwide release to select cities.

El Bulli, the three-star Michelin restaurant located outside Barcelona in the Catalan province of Girona, has received the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Award five times in the last decade, and in 2010 Ferran Adrià was named the Chef of the Decade by the same organization. Adrià is deemed a brilliant innovator, the father of molecular gastronomy, and sometimes a crazy chef.

As an internationally celebrated pastry chef and co-founder of the highly regarded French Pastry School in Chicago, Jacquy Pfeiffer might be expected to feel supremely confident when it comes to all things French and sweet. But his self-assurance turns poignantly vulnerable as he contemplates entering the finals of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsmen of France) competition in pastry making.

In “Kings of Pastry,” the new documentary from the award-winning filmmaking team of Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker (“Don’t Look Back,” “The War Room”), chefs Pfeiffer, Lazard and Rigollot serve as exclusive guides to a remarkable and never-before-filmed world, where sugar is the stuff of fantasy, high drama and joy. And because the men — who are among the 16 semifinalists in competition — also serve as the film’s protagonists, they reveal what it feels like to risk both pride and reputation in a grueling quest to be named one of the “kings of pastry.”

”Kings of Pastry” launches the 24th season of the POV (Point of View) series on Tuesday, June 21, on PBS. POV’s regular season continues on Tuesdays through Sept. 27 and concludes with special broadcasts in 2011 and 2012. American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, POV has won a Special Emmy for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, the IDA Award for Best Continuing Series and NALIP’S 2011 Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity.


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