Journalist, television personality, and cookbook author, has covered great products, restaurants, wines, gastronomic travel destinations, and related subjects for over 25 years. He has written hundreds of articles and contributed hundreds of original recipes to publications such as Gourmet (where he was Restaurant Critic from 1996 to 2000), The New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Harper’s Bazaar, Departures, The Wine Spectator and Newsday.
is perhaps best known for his work as the host of Taste, the award-winning Food Network television show devoted to the principles of good taste in and . performed in 2500 shows on the Food Network, and has been featured on a variety of other networks (most notably NBC, where he has regularly appeared on the Today show). appeared as a judge on the new season of “Iron Chef America” in May 2012.
is also well-known for his newsletter, The Report, which was published from 2001 to 2008. During its run, it won the James Beard Award as best newsletter in America, and attracted a peak of 50,000 paid subscribers. The Report will return in late 2012.
is also the author of multiple cookbooks, including the seminal Red Wine with Fish (Simon & Schuster, 1989), Taste (which won an IACP award in 2000, Random House, 2000), It’s ALL American Food (which won a James Beard Award in 2003, Little Brown & Co.), Entertains (John Wiley, 2005), and the best-selling Dean & DeLuca Cookbook (Random House, 1996).
is a much sought-after jurist for , , chef, and sommelier competitions, including, recently, the Wines of Chile Awards in Santiago. also participates as a featured speaker at many national and international culinary events, such as the 2008 South Australian World Food Exchange in Adelaide (where he discussed building tourism through a -and- emphasis), the International Coffee Summit at the French Culinary Institute in New York (May, 2009), where he moderated, and, in 2011, a series of -supplier conventions in Santa Fe and Denver. For the last four years, has been the Education Director of Illy USA, coordinating the coffee company’s American educational programs.
currently resides in New York City.