Posts Tagged ‘cooking schools’

What were you thinking?

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I get asked this all the time.

To make a long story short, I decided to travel the world solo filming culinary professionals teaching their classic indigenous cuisine with food items available worldwide. I previously worked with on-location crews filming shows for cable, am a devout foodie, was recently divorced and ready to have another adventure.

I started in New Zealand and shot their green lipped mussels, lamb and more very fresh seafood. I was amazed at the level of sophistication the chefs, restaurants and locals knew about food. Same with Australia. They take food very seriously and I was busy with several cooking schools both in the big cites and in the outback. Hong Kong and dim sum was the next stop. With it’s bustling traffic and people’s energy, became one of my favorite destinations in Asia. Singapore is a safe place for women traveling alone and since it’s located in a strategic position in the trading lanes of commerce, has a variety of indigenous cuisines. They all vary but have a nice spicy heat to make you sweat and offset the high heat and humidity.

Bali was supposed to be a resting place since I was on the road for several months and feeling pretty tired, but instead turned into a unique setting for their cuisine. Bangkok and the Cooking School at the Oriental, was amazing and the recipes are classic and delicious with great tips!

Britain became the next stop and I traveled through the countryside finding purveyors and culinary professionals teaching about traditional English fare. And then there was Italy, foodie heaven, and several special chefs and cooking schools teaching classic Italian recipes. hosts the videos and I recently published a companion multimedia enhanced e-cookbook, Cooking Tips From Around the World, A Culinary Travel Adventure, with more recipes, tips, photos, video links and travel tales from this adventure. There is a sample chapter available, free of charge, to download and get a taste of the e-cookbook. For more information, please visit:

Get ready to be on an adventure!

Barbara Grandvoinet has joined

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I am very pleased to announce that Barbara Grandvoinet, has joined as Editor Extraordinaire.

Born and raised in Paris, Barbara now lives in San Francisco as a director, producer and editor. Her film Pas De Deux won Best of Festival at the Berkeley Film Festival in 2005 and Children of the Trains (in post-production) is gaining attention worldwide. She’s currently producing a documentary about the National Film Registry, the power of movies and the importance of preservation entitled “Lost Forever” and a documentary about children in a remote village of Bolivia “Welcome to Yanayo”. She produces, writes and edits segments frequently broadcast on national television, as well as, documentaries, films, web videos and TV shows.

Her past work with the PBS/American Masters series includes: Julliard, F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams, Robert Capa: In love and War and Clint Eastwood.

Barbara brings over a decade of expertise in preproduction, production and post production. Additionally, she is the Producer of Pacific Fusion, a weekly news magazine and freelances for major film and TV productions around the world. Her corporate clients include: Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Google, IBM France, CAMFED, Neutrogena and YMCA.

I’m thrilled to have her on board! To view all the cooking videos, please visit:

Multimedia E-Cookbook Demo on March 4th

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Join me at the Tiburon Library on March 4th where I’ll talk about my new multimedia e-cookbook: Cooking Tips From Around the World, A Culinary Travel Adventure.

I’ll talk about my solo travels around the world filming cooking schools, play cooking videos from the e-cookbook and talk about the business of e-books.

A reception with wines from Windsor Vineyards and Uptick Winery will start at 7 PM.

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Hope to see you there!!

When I Met Julia Child

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Back in the 90s, I was researching a project I dreamed up – filming cooking schools around the world – and when I saw that Julia was appearing at Macy’s and signing books, I thought: ask her what she thinks. After all, I’m spending a life savings to travel solo around the world filming cooking schools teaching their indigenous cuisine. I wanted some feed-back.

Her cooking demo was preparing: Chicken Breast en Piperade, Braised in Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes and Herbs. The sizzle and aroma was amazing and her sense of humor enchanted the audience.

But I was on a mission and nervously waited till she sat at the signing platform and started signing books. It seemed like forever but finally it was my turn in line. When an assistant, Lenada Merrick, asked what I want signed in the book, I requested: To Fellow Leo. When Julia heard this she smirked and I realized it was my time to ask her about my project.

As we know, Julia was 6’2 and bigger than life. When I started telling her about my idea, she listened. When I finished, she stood up and threw her arms up and said: “This is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time!” Standing on that 2 ft high platform with her arms extended, I had a religious experience. She liked my idea!

She went on and created her Master Chefs series and I eventually fulfilled my dream and traveled the world solo filming talented teachers and chefs. I still feel lucky to have had her affirmation.

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