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I Miss The Galloping Gourmet

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Why is there so much “Drama” on cooking shows today? I literally just heard someone on one of these stress filled, gut-wrenching cooking shows say,  “Sweet potatoes? That changes the whole game.”  Really? Okay now the fricken judges can’t agree, what are they going to do now?  Go to commercial.

The show is on again and what the…?  In the mystery basket is Kosher Shrimp?  That’s an oxymoron. Shrimp is treif it can’t be kosher. Okay, it’s not real shrimp. It’s like that crap they serve as crab at cheap sushi restaurants. This is what they’re giving to master chefs to cook?

Boy do I miss Graham Kerr. If there’s is anyone that I would compare myself to it would be the Galloping Gourmet.  He was the reason I got into cooking.  He was male, he was extremely entertaining and he actually prepared a meal that I or you could reproduce. These new shows are interesting for shut-ins but are you really going to prepare that stuff?

Graham Kerr

Graham Kerr has been a celebrity chef since 1963. I started watching the Galloping Gourmet when it first aired in 1969. I would watch the show  and try the recipes out on the guys I shared an apartment with. I would cook and drink wine, they would clean. In summer of 1970 I was hired for my first restaurant job.  I believe I got the position because I could chop onions so fast, using the method I learned from watching Kerr. I was a professional cook for the next 15 years. Then I got into entertainment and now I’m doing cooking videos that I post here and on my YouTube Channel.

Kerr now lives in Washington State and spends his time helping people make healthy, creative lifestyle changes, encouraging them to consume fresh, local edible plants and seafood. From his blog Graham Kerr says his life goal is, “to help to convert habits that harm into resources that heal both for ourselves and others in need.”  If any of today’s “celebrity chefs” have 1/2 the longevity  as Graham Kerr I can only hope they give back 1/2 as much.

Jesus, one of the contestant’s wife has cancer.

5 thoughts on “I Miss The Galloping Gourmet

  1. Shirley (Rousseau) says:

    I always loved his shows,..even after Trina (?) got sick and he changed his style. He’s a great chef with a big heart.

  2. Graham is a great guy! One of his later TV shows was taped in the same studio as my TV show, and I got to know him (and Trina) quite well. Graham is the guy who invited me to a special breakfast that he was preparing with…wait for it…Julia Child! Yep, The Galloping Gourmet and the French Chef cooked breakfast for me. It was wonderful hearing them talk about cooking and reminisce about the old days!

  3. Graham Kerr says:

    Vinny, It is so good to know that someone as devoted to food as you obviously are actually misses me, I feel like a surfer who got up very early and caught a wave that got both me and Julia(another early riser) all the way onto the beach and still standing.
    Much success to you and all you love to do. Benedicere! Graham Kerr

    1. Thanks for the reply. Although we used “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” as our bible at the restaurant, “The Graham Kerr Cookbook,” which I still have, was alway near my kitchen. You never forget the person who taught you how to clarify butter.
      Ciao For Now– Vinny

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