I cook everything. I love Mediterranean cooking, I love Asian cooking. I do lots of Japanese noodles.— Ted Allen
The most floundering Ted Allen quotes that are little-known but priceless
It's very important to me that people who are actual chefs and other professionals in the culinary world, understand that I'm not, and have never held myself out as being, like a CIA trained chef.
You know the great irony is that people think you have to have money to enjoy fine food, which is a shame.
People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.
I had a little epiphany when I was a writer at 'Chicago' magazine.
I sat down to dinner at the Ritz-Carlton. Somebody poured a white dessert wine with chocolate cake. It was a wine I would never have expected to make sense. The idea of any wine tasting fabulous with chocolate cake was fascinating to me.
However, I was a restaurant critic at Chicago magazine before I worked at Esquire, and I've been a really enthusiastic home cook for a long time. It's just something I'm passionate about.
My place in Chicago is a 105 year old house, but I really like contemporary spaces too, so it's refreshing and fun to be in a space where you can do contemporary things.
If I have committed any culinary atrocities, please forgive me.
In actuality, there was casting for the show and it was pretty difficult.
Oh, did I tell you I have a cookbook? I have a cookbook deal.
My whole problem is that all of my favorite things at Thanksgiving are the starches, and everyone is trying to go low-carb this year, even a green vegetable has carbs in it.
The funny thing about Thanksgiving ,or any big meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it then go home and cook,chop,braise and blanch. Then it's gone in 20 minutes and everybody lies around sortof in a sugar coma and then it takes 4 hours to clean it up.
Sesame oil is probably my favorite condiment, period.
I think that curiosity happened on these reviews where I was just a guest of the reviewer, because it introduced me to new cuisines and to the idea of cooking as a mechanism for studying other cultures and understanding other parts of the world.
I had a really good time with Martha Stewart, who also is somebody I really admire a lot. I've learned a lot from her and I think all of America has, about attention to detail and using fresh ingredients and making things beautiful and special.
I've leased the apartment; my partner is going to come out here. But we're keeping our house in Chicago because real estate is a really good investment and also because it is just crammed with full of stuff!
I'm in a loft and the kitchen is in the very center of the apartment.
The whole place revolves around it.
For each episode the five of us are all wearing clothes by the same designer.
It's a different designer for each episode, but for each one we're all wearing their clothes.
Planning a dinner party in a way that you're actually capable of getting it done without panicking is important. It's bad hospitality for the host to be freaked out.
No, Queer Eye has a book coming out before mine, in the Spring of 2004, in which each of us has a section and we do a brief overview of our subject area.
Jay Leno is not a guy who likes change. He eats the same food every day.
Thom is one of those wonderful people to cook for because he absolutely loves it, just loves it. He loves to eat and drink and he'd be a great guest at any dinner party.
I'm really trying to respond to the foods that are in the stores and just pulling the things that are the very best and cook what looks beautiful and is seasonal. That's the way to go. I love going to the grocery store and the market. None of it's drudgery for me. Washing dishes is the drudgery.
I think what I do differently from a lot of TV chefs is that I break down barriers and make fine food more accessible to the regular person, who might be intimidated. I try hard, particularly with wine, to make it not intimidating. It's sort of a teaching job.
Because the show is popular, people do recognize us on the streets.
The great mystery to me is how restaurant critics think they can get away with doing their job without anybody noticing who they are.
Buying stock is exactly the same thing as going to a casino, only with no cocktail service.
I went in saying I wanted to be the food guy.
Two words to improve any dish. Ba, Con
To me, the kitchen is a place of adventure and entirely fun, not drudgery.
I can't think of anything better to do with family and friends than to be together to create something.
Cooking for people is an enormously significant expression of generosity and soulfulness.
I like to have friends in the kitchen and make a big mess and use every pot in the kitchen.
When I come home from a shoot, I'd rather reheat food I've made than eat takeout.
I really have a great deal of humility in that department, and a great deal of respect for people who spend their lives learning how to make these amazing preparations.
Cooking allows you to have travels, adventures and journeys without going anywhere. The running joke between my partner and me is that I'm not really concerned about how long it takes, or how much I destroy the kitchen, because I just have such a good time doing it.
What I bring to the table is a huge enthusiasm and love for this stuff.
I am much more interested in the process than results.
The best way to learn is live, in person, cooking, feeling, smelling and tasting, but TV is the second-best thing to that; it's a halfway facsimile.
In recent years, I've been writing because I'm fortunate enough to work in the world of food television, to travel and taste and learn about cooking from the best chefs in the business.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is a form of service journalism.
To be successful, I think it has to be a combination of a good story, it has to be funny, and it also needs to be packed with useful information.
One of the smartest things you can do on 'Chopped' is to take one of those ingredients and make a pickle out of it, because almost every dish benefits from that. I'm feeling like those intuitions are becoming more natural.
Believe me, I understand the need for easy and speedy.
After a 12-hour day of shooting 'Chopped,' say, I'm talking stir-fry, spaghetti, heck, peanut-butter sandwiches. But that's not about the joy of food. That's survival.
The world is full of people who would like nothing better than to spend six hours on a golf course. I would rather be chopping shallots.
Well, we don't take money from people and then show the product.
It has to be a product that we like anyway, and that's true for all five of us, which is one of the really nice things about the way we make the show.
For me, the kitchen is the most special room in the house.
It's a place for adventure - not drudgery, but discovery, sharing and showing off with friends, trying new ideas.