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Given chefs’ notoriously long hours at their restaurants, plus the efforts they devote to filming television shows, making personal appearances and authoring cookbooks, it’s no surprise that Food Network stars are rarely in one place for long — and hardly ever in the same place at the same time. That all changes, however, when it comes to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival; for one weekend every winter, nearly all of your favorite chefs converge upon the sunny, sandy shores of Miami for the ultimate weekend-long celebration of the best and the latest in eats and drinks.
The 13th annual festival just wrapped up in South Beach on Sunday, but while the cooking demonstrations, seminars, dinners and late-night parties were in full swing, The Kitchen host and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian found time to catch up with some of his closest friends and colleagues in the business. He recorded a SiriusXM Food Talk radio show (airing on SiriusXM Stars Channel 106 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8|9c) one afternoon near the pool deck at The James Royal Palm, and he welcomed fellow Chopped judge Marc Murphy, a few co-hosts from The Kitchen, including Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson and Katie Lee, plus Anne Burrell, Robert Irvine and more food folks to dish on all things from competition television to the ever-changing restaurant industry and memorable work projects from days gone by.
While Robert offered his thoughts on the importance of a healthy lifestyle for kids and adults alike, Anne shared her insider take on the dishes she and fellow mentor Bobby Flay are presented on Worst Cooks in America. “We do eat the food,” she revealed to Geoffrey, speaking of the recruits’ often less-than-appetizing creations.
When Jeff took the mic, he looked back on his journey to Food Network stardom and reflected: “I knew I wasn’t going to be the best chef in the world. I knew I was never going to be the funniest comic in the world. But I can be the funniest chef in the world, so that was my goal.”
To hear Geoffrey’s entire Food Talk radio broadcast, tune in to SiriusXM Stars Channel 106 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8|9c.