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Welcome

"What do you do?" someone asks.

"Oh, I'm the Host of a cooking show, Carolina Cooking."

"Oh, so you're a chef?" "Heck no. I'm just a guy. A regular guy."

We bring the best Chefs in the Carolinas to teach me how to make their secret recipes. I mean I can boil water, but I have never made a Watermelon Vinaigrette or rolled Sushi or seared a Filet Mignon au Poivre. Until now.

I have always enjoyed food (which explains the incredible reading I get on my bathroom scale.) And throughout my life I have enjoyed cooking for friends, family and other biased people who had to tolerate the burnt piece of marinated carbon I pulled off the grill with pride. I mean, there is no better feeling than making a meal for someone. Then serving it up and have them say, "Wow, this is good. Really good! Can I have some more? Can I lick the bowl clean?" Or to be invited to a party on the condition that you bring that fantastic Guacamole you always make. And you notice the entire party is centered around your chips and dip. But being able to cook doesn't make me a chef, just as being able to paint a wall without getting paint on the ceiling doesn't make me Monet. It is exhilarating to get to stand beside these artists of the kitchen and learn their secrets to making the kind of food that knocks your knees out from under you and forces out a "WOW". No, I'm not one of them, but I do admire them. I respect them, and try very hard to learn and break the recipe down to the basics so that anyone can do the same.

"I envy you. I would love to have that job."

Well, you can't. Back off. I have a knife. Say hello to my little friend...

Sorry, I'm very protective of it. It is a great job. I mean any job that involves free gourmet food is a good job.

Welcome to Carolina Cooking.

Thom Zelenka


Don't forget to check out Aris' wine and beer pairings with every recipe!

Order your copy of
The Carolina Cooking Cookbook!
by Wil Kazary and Debra Zumstein
Only $19.99
ISBN: 1-4236-0203-X 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 in, 192 pages

Based on the hit internationally syndicated TV series Carolina Cooking, The Carolina Cooking Cookbook contains a collection of recipes from the best restaurants in the Carolinas, helpful tips from the experts, plus down to earth beverage pairings.

Click here for more information about The Carolina Cooking Cookbook.

Carolina Cooking now reaches viewers in 126.6 million households in 51 countries! Be sure to check our TV Listings page to find out when you can see Carolina Cooking in your area.

On every episode of Carolina Cooking we feature a different chef from one of the best restaurants in the Carolinas. You can learn how to create their secret recipes in just 30 minutes or less!

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