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The first time I was in Edinburgh, I was twenty-two and did not dare to try haggis. Since then, I’ve matured and developed a hunger for new experiences, especially those in the gastronomical realm. This meant I was on a mission in Edinburgh. This time, I was going to eat some haggis. For those that don’t know, traditional Scottish haggis is made of sheep offal stuffed inside its stomach lining with oats and spices. It reminds me of Louisianan boudin. The next day, we were going to embark on a

Coming off the tail of my season premiere of Four Senses and vlog of day 1 in L.A. is the MasterChef Celebrity Showdown, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at MasterChef. I flew to L.A. In November to shoot the MC showdown, along with a couple of fellow MasterChef champions and current MasterChef Junior contestants. But our challenge was only one of many. Supermodels and television stars also duke it out in the kitchen, all in the name of charity. Catch the two-hour MasterChef Celebrity Showdown tonight on FOX at 8/7

Don’t forget tonight is the season premiere of my cooking show, Four Senses! Tune in to AMI at 7:30 PM EST/PST to catch Carl and me in the kitchen with Corbin Tomaszeski of Food Network Canada. To kick off the third season, I’ll also be doing a live Q&A on AMI’s Facebook, so get your questions ready! On the American television front, tune in to FOX Monday, January 18th, at 8/7 PM Central to catch a two-hour special, the MasterChef celebrity showdown! Judges Gordon and Christina invite celebrities to the

It’s finally here! The third season of my cooking show, Four Senses, premieres this Thursday, January 14th, at 7:30 PM EST/PST on AMI TV. After three seasons together, Carl and I are like old siblings, as you can tell from the above and below promo clips. In all jest, we fully respect each other and, more importantly, have fun together. You can witness the camaraderie growing between us over the seasons. For the first time ever, I’ll also be doing a live Q&A on AMI’s Facebook page alongside the premiere,

On our fourth day in the UK, we have our first true, hearty English breakfast. How do the Brits eat this in the morning without falling into food coma afterwards? Much like the English bacon that came on our plates, the owner/man taking orders behind the counter was quite salty. He reminded me of the Soup Nazi on “Seinfeld” because he barked at customers who held up the queue or deviated from normal ordering and dining standards. At least it was a memorable experience. More next time on the food

The weather was gorgeous: sunny but mild (to us Houstonians, at least—the headlines in London that day claimed the worst heatwave in a decade). We headed for Borough Market, the food stall mecca of London, but unfortunately, the market mostly thrives from Thursday to Saturday, and today was Monday. Most stalls were closed, but I managed to try a Scotch egg and an Indian dosa.

Here’s day 2 of my UK and Ireland summer holiday. We take a day trip to Salisbury to visit Stonehenge. It was everyone’s first time seeing the ancient wonder of the world but mine. I couldn’t even see or touch the rocks, so I was pretty disinterested, but I’m a team player, you know? The day was chilly, and while waiting for our train back to London, we ducked into an inn for a pint and a steak and ale pie. Dinner back in London was Indian and Pakistani food,

If you follow me on social media, you may have known I took a holiday in the United Kingdom and Ireland this summer. It was the first international leisure vacation I’d taken since 2012 when I’d gone to Japan and Korea with friends and in-laws. Yes, I travel much, but it’s mostly for work. UK/Ireland 2015 was a true holiday in every sense: no work events, no people to answer to, no phone calls—just me, some friends, and a whole lotta food and drink. The hubs documented our trip day-by-day,

I’ve been slacking on my posts, I know, but I’ve been slammed with one thing after another. I’m not complaining, though. I got to live in Vietnam for a month while filming MasterChef Vietnam, then I was off to Prince Edward County, Canada, to shoot some field pieces for Four Senses, and I’ll be returning to Toronto tomorrow to shoot the studio episodes for FS season 3. In between, I’ve also been grappling with the ups and downs of life and just trying to feel normal between time zones and

I just returned from a month-long stint in Vietnam filming MasterChef Vietnam season 3—yes, I’m a full-fledged judge of the MasterChef franchise now! This season is already airing in Vietnam on VTV3 on Saturday evenings at 8 PM local time. If you live outside of Vietna, however, you can find many of the episodes on YouTube, although you’ll have to understand Vietnamese to follow the season. Keep in mind the budget of MC VN is a mere fraction of that of MC U.S.; regardless, it was a rewarding experience to

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