As a young boy, my family exposed me to dishes from around the world: Chelow Kebab, Pisca Andina, Chicken Satay, Hoender Pastei, and Scone-Topped Beef Casserole. In fact, the Ethiopian Restaurant at the corner of 18th and Columbia Road in D.C. was my absolute favorite as a kid. Though nowhere near being a chef myself, I appreciate the care and time put into a great meal, and I am always curious of the cultural significance and history behind the meal in question.
I grew up with the notion that great cuisine is not simply an art, but also, a language. The spices, all of the ingredients, and the aroma speak to you, and sing to you, and romance your taste buds. In fact, the recipes of renowned New York City Chef and author Marcus Samuelsson do this quite well.
Three of my friends on Twitter – ybeitollahi, 1happyjourney, and YllwCkeNoFrstng – are some of the top food enthusiasts I know (and the inspiration for this post). I look forward to their tweets about trying delicious foods. And, I look forward to reading the tweets of the 10 chefs below. It’s not just their individual recipes, but also, their unique culinary perspective in general. Each chef can be correctly described as a culinary force of nature. Check out their pages, cook their recipes, and share their flavor with your friends. And please post other chefs on Twitter in the comment section below.
B. Smith /@BSmithstyle
This former supermodel is not only a popular TV host and author of two massive bestselling cookbooks, B. Smith’s Entertaining and Cooking for Friends and B. Smith: Rituals & Celebrations, but also has three thriving, award-winning restaurants in Washington DC and New York State. Her Black Bean Chorizo Soup is truly delectable.
Bridget Davis /@Bridget_CooKs
Davis is one of Australia’s premier chefs and a serious flavor profiler. Her sterling culinary reputation extends far beyond the boundaries her continent. I just recently tried her truly smokin’ recipe for Bang Bang Chicken! It’s hot! http://www.theinternetchef.biz/
Alinat is a popular chef, blogger, and food writer. But the highlight of his website, for me, is his Itinerant Cookbook Project, which involves 10 cookbooks “traveling from hand to hand, kitchen to kitchen, city to city, continent to continent, with all ‘traveling’ being recorded and documented.” Very original idea! http://www.chefgui.com/
Jaden is a popular food writer for the Tampa Tribune and a daytime television chef on Tampa Bay’s CBS affiliate. I tried her Japanese Noodles with Shimeji Mushroom recipe and I highly recommend it! Check out her blog at
Aaron McCargo Jr. /@ChefMcCargo
As a Food Network Chef, and host of the highly rated Big Daddy’s House, McCargo’s rise has been well-documented. His Fried Catfish Filets and Grilled Corn & Chipotle Pepper Salad are tasty! He shares his recipes, insights, and experiences on his popular blog: http://www.aaronmccargo.blogspot.com/.
Debbie Frangipane /@dolcedebbie
As Executive Chef and Culinary Director for Savory Adventures, Debbie and her husband Barry frequently host luxury getaways to Italy’s most exclusive destinations. Her Lemon Baked Chicken & Three Potato Salad recipes are keepers! www.savoryadventures.com.
Bowen creates gourmet dishes in five minutes. Yes, 5 minutes. He is committed to helping folks create great gourmet meals in just minutes! In fact, a lady friend made his Asian Chicken Stir Fry meal for our dinner date months ago. Great taste! Check out all of his recipes: http://www.youtube.com/user/5MGourmet
Kathy Barrioz Glenn /@ChefKathy
Glenn is a personal chef, consultant, tea aficionado, and she has a great, thorough list of people and groups her services appeal to. I love her Greek Styled Baked Chicken. It’s a winner! http://www.specialthymes.com/
David Lawrence /@ChefDaveLA
Lawrence is a private chef, a food blogger, and self-styled kitchen rock star. He is the bestselling author of Boy Eats World, a book of 150 recipes. His Filet Mignon with Blackberry Cabernet Sauce is delicious: http://chefdavidlawrence.com/
Bethenny Frankel /@Bethenny
Frankel is a Natural Food Chef and graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts. A bestselling author of Naturally Thin, she has some pretty cool recipes I’ve tried recently: her delicious Mexican Turkey Burger, and her Asian Glazed Sea Bass. Top notch! http://www.bethenny.com/