Cooking for the Gastric Cancer Foundation

Tonight, I had the good fortune to cook with my brother and fellow Next Food Network Star competitor, Hans Rueffert. Hans is chef and co-owner (with his lovely wife) of the Woodbridge Inn in Jasper, Georgia, (if you are ever near – you must go – quaint, beautiful and delicious food, of course) author of the cookbook “Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow” (a steal at only $25!), father of 2 fantastic kids (and 1 more on the way) and is a gastric cancer survivor. Hard core. He is also a health and nutrition coach, chef/teacher, advisor, mentor, and inspiration/coach for others…  definitely one of the most generous people I know. He is close friend and was even there to support Super Sous’ mom when she fought cancer last year. A true genuine hearted person.

So, it was a huge honor (and a blast) for me to cook with him tonight for a Gastric Cancer Foundation private dinner in San Francisco. Here we are serving up the soup course: Summer Corn Soup with Chanterelles, Creme Fraiche and Basil Pesto.

Rueffert and Lyon


And my Mixed Berry Crostata – how much more summer can you get?!

mixed berry crostata

Thanks for the invite, brother Hans! Let’s cook again soon.

If you want to support kicking cancer in the ass!, you can click to donate to the Gastric Cancer Foundation.




3 Weeks Down

Today is the last day of filming (for the first 3-week stretch) my new show, Good Food America.

So far, we’ve been to Austin, Dallas, Seattle, Portland, Santa Rosa, Berkeley and are now in San Francisco. (Add the to that the small diversion of heading to NYC for the Today Show  – wow – did that really happen?!)

Tomorrow, super-sous  and I go back to sunny and warm L.A. for a week of recouping and resting before heading out again on the road (for another 3 weeks of shooting). (Here’s a photo of super-sous and I in a colder, wetter moment of this trip!)

As it often does, time has flown by – like the blink of an eye  – and there’s a few people that I MUST introduce you to before we all disperse tomorrow because they won’t be traveling with us on the next leg of shooting for various reasons.

First, our fabulous San Francisco support team which consists of George (He’s kind of a bad ass superstar and professional photographer. He’s the kind of person that before you even know to ask for something, it’s already right there – set up and ready to go. George has made the San Francisco leg a “smooth sailing” experience):

and our intern Kai (who is pictured here with the amazing Carrie from the production team – more about her in a minute):

Kai was brought on the team a few days ago when we were shooting in Berkeley. He was outside the restaurant where we were filming, selling candy for a fundraiser for his school, and one of the camera guys on the team, Kevin (who I will introduce to you in a blog post at a later date) asked him if he wanted to come in and help out for the day since he wasn’t really selling much candy. Kai is 12 years old and although he lives in Berkeley and has school, he came out to San Francisco and helped us out for an additional day of filming. (Thanks Kai’s Mom!). He has been a fantastic help and yesterday he tried his first oyster ever – with some reservations at first – but he ended up loving it.

Thank you George and Kai for all your help. You’re the best.

And, of course, the one and only, Carrie, who has been with us these 3 weeks, but who will, unfortunately, not be with us for the next 3 week leg as she will be holding up the fort at the production offices of the awesome Two River Pictures which is located in New Jersey.

Carrie is thoughtful, kind, friendly, helpful, organized, smart, and tireless. Her job never stops. She’s the first one up and the last one to sleep and she does it all with a great attitude.  She’s funny and she’s game for anything. Thank goodness we will be stopping by New Jersey on the next leg of shooting so we can see her then! Thanks, Carrie.

Okay, San Francisco. It’s a sunny day. You’re looking beautiful. Let’s have a great last day. Latte, let’s do it up!

TODAY has been a great day!

What a day! Woke up at 6:00am sharp for an important meeting with Latte, got to the Today Show studios at 7:30, was whisked off to makeup for a quick head powdering and then I found myself in the magical and beautiful Today Show studio kitchen.

Two quick 10 second teasers later (live promo spots for my segment) and there I was with Al Roker, face to face, cooking it up (preparing my halibut and cherry clafoutis recipes from my cookbook) for a 4 minute segment. I was even able to share about my new TV show, Good Food America.

In case you missed my segment, check out this link. Al, you rock.

Super-sous took lots of behind the scenes photos and thanks to my sweet friends, I got some snapshots from the TV. Enjoy and thanks for your support everyone!!!

Flying back to San Francisco in a few hours to continue shooting with the Good Food America Production Crew. So long New York. You’ve been great.

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