Earlier this week I got a call from Food Network's latest star, the British charmer and self-proclaimed renaissance man, Danny Boome. Danny's new show, The Rescue Chef, debuts tomorrow at noon and I'll be watching. The show pairs Danny with home cooks who are desperate to overcome culinary obstacles. And according to Danny, there is no problem he can't solve, no dish he can't make. To see what he had to say when we spoke over the phone,
Danny became interested in cooking while working as a manny — a male nanny — in Switzerland. Before leaping across the pond, he had a successful television career in the UK. He points out that cooking is not rocket science and enjoys providing home cooks with the basic techniques needed to build culinary confidence. Here's what he had to say:
PartySugar: What's it like dealing with people who aren't used to the camera?
Danny Boome: Surprisingly the people become very comfortable. They forget the cameras are there and are really more interested in the recipes. They want to learn how to deal with their culinary faux pas so I help them look at the language of cooking and break it down.
PS: With your show, what do you hope to teach the American people?
DB: I want to change the way people look at cookery. It's about practice, confidence, and fun. Don't get caught up in the ingredient in the recipes, if you only have chicken on hand, use that.
PS: Do you cook at home like you do on the show?
DB: Of course. I'm a bachelor, but I like to cook with the ingredients that I have on hand. It's a basic and quick way to do things. I'm always experimenting. With cookery you can really make it as basic and fun as you like.
PS: What's your advice to the everyday home cook?
DB: I've got loads of tips! Look at the show, look in cookbooks, experiment in your kitchen. Own it. It's about confidence, don't ever think "I can't do that." Push yourself!
PS: What did you have for lunch today?
DB: Well I haven't eaten lunch yet. I always eat on the go because I am very busy. Usually I have one big meal a day. Because I cook so much, I am so used to cooking all time, that I don't sit down to three meals.
I'm really curious to see what he does as he "sweeps the nation in a culinary revolution." Check out his show and let me know what you guys think of The Rescue Chef.