You won’t be surprised if I tell you that I watch lots of cooking shows. We have a Media Center at home so for the past three years I stopped listening to live TV. I watch about thirty minutes of TV daily. That explains why there is usually a delay between the start of new shows on TV and when I effectively watched them.
That is the case with The Main, a show that was first aired October 1st, 2007 on Food Network Canada. A second season is already produced. I watched a few episodes this week and I like it. The Main is hosted by the first winner of Superstar Chef Challenge on Food Network which was an adorable Canadian guy from British Columbia named Anthony Sedlak.
November 3rd, 2008 Update:
The cookbook is now on store. Get the details on The Main: Recipes by Anthony Sedlak.
About The Show
The Main is fresh and dynamic cooking show. Anthony is about 25 years old. I feel that the music theme wants to portrait an edgier side than your typical cooking shows. But really his recipes target the average family and singles.
The featured ingredients are easy to find at the grocery store or at most city markets. The Main featured Mediterranean style recipes that take their roots in the traditional repertoire. That suits me since Mediterranean cuisine is my favorite.
A course mixed with recipes
Each episode of The Main revolves around one ingredient. Anthony Sedlak typically prepares two dishes based on the main ingredient. What is interesting is that Anthony gives excellent cooking advices about how to cook with the main ingredient on every episode. These important facts are summarized and accessible online in several articles.
You should not have any problems to reproduce his food presentation and to cook his recipes. To give you a taste, I selected four recipes for every day entertaining:
- Black Olive and Goat Cheese Tart
- Chicken and Fig Ciabatta
- Mushroom-Crusted Red Snapper
- Grilled Lamb Chops with Summer Salad – a good recipe for next Sunday Easter dinner
If you really want to experience the vibe of The Main, watch the step-by-step videos for making the Lamb Chops and the Black Olive and Goat Cheese Tart. You will know if this cooking show fits your taste.
No fuss cocktail tips of Anthony Sedlak
Last Christmas, Anthony Sedlak made the promotion of some ready-to-drink cocktails. Although I prefer the real thing, I know that sometimes you are stress for time. My husband is a great bartender, so I never need to worry about the bar when I entertain. But if it is not the case for you, stock up these ready-to-drink cocktails and simply cook some harmonizing appetizers when you are having guests over for a drink.
Here are three economical recipes and drink suggestions, courtesy of Anthony Sedlak, that were published on the National Post last December (December 08, 2007) – new link:
- Sip a Jose Cuervo Gold-en Margarita with a Hot, Sweet and Sour Tropical Salsa Canapé
- Sip a Smirnoff Grand Cosmopolitan with Watermelon Cubes and Crumbled Feta
- Sip Smirnoff Vodka Mojito with Grilled Sausages with Fine Herb Pesto