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Ask a Chef: What’s Your Favorite Food-Related Moment in a Television Show?

Anna Mowry

Anna Mowry

April 20, 2016


Ever since James Beard appeared on America’s first cooking show, food has been one of the most popular subjects in broadcasting. In anticipation of our celebration of the role of cuisine on television, we asked some of the chefs cooking at this year's James Beard Awards to tell us their favorite food-themed moment in the medium. 

JBF Award Winners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cooking an omelet on his gastrobike in A Cook on the Wild Side.

JBF Award Winner Aaron Franklin
Franklin Barbecue, Austin
The brontosaurus ribs on the car in the Flintstones intro.

JBF Award Winner Jessica Largey
Lettuce Entertain You, Chicago
I love the elaborate menus and service featured in Downton Abbey

JBF Award Winner Alon Shaya
Shaya, New Orleans
I loved the moment when Jerry Seinfeld stole the marble rye from the old lady. I thought it was hilarious, and I also love rye bread that much.

JBF Award Winner Jason Stanhope
FIG, Charleston, SC
When Joffrey choked on a pigeon pie in Game of Thrones

JBF Award–Winning Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti
Leo’s Oyster Bar, San Francisco
Lucy and Ethel at the chocolate factory, of course!

Doug Psaltis
Bub City, Chicago
Any of the big, gregarious Italian meals in The Sopranos

JBF Award Winner Jonathon Sawyer
Team Sawyer Restaurants, Cleveland
Stephen Colbert using the original iPad to chop salsa on The Colbert Report

Learn more about the 2016 James Beard Awards.


Anna Mowry is special projects manager at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.