must-see food tv

April 3, 2010


You know that question about who would be at your fantasy dinner party?  One of my guests is easy.  Brian Boitano, for sure.

Maybe it’s because he played such a pivotal (ha!) role in my childhood. Brian’s twirling, triple-axel’ing presence on the TV screen during those formative years certainly fuelled my obsession with figure skating, even if I never mastered anything more technically complex than a shoot the duck.

So imagine my surprise when, upon returning to TV land, I learned that Brian also has a thing for shooting the breeze on the Food Network.  And that’s he’s pretty good at it.

Not only that, but his show What Would Brian Boitano Make? (a play on the South Park segment you can Google) features a ton of great plant-based recipes.  They’re interspersed with some clever producing, including hilarious “over-the-top reactions” from Brian after he has a mandatory taste of whatever he’s making or shaking.

I don’t just want this man at my dinner party, I need him in the kitchen with me.  I’m itching to try his completely dairy-free Horchata Rice Pudding.  He made this while having Kristi Yamaguchi and her extended family over for a Mexican fiesta.  His goal?  To get Yama (as he affectionately calls Yamaguchi) to say “yumma.”  Nobody but Brian B. can get away with this.

Technical ability: 10.  Artistic interpretation: 10.   Catch him on Sundays at 1pm EST on the Food Network.

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  1. Jess May 22, 2010 at 12:11

    You’re kidding — how exciting!! I knew meeting the two of you would be fortuitous. :)

  2. Lanny May 22, 2010 at 05:48


    A good friend of Jon’s is Brian’s cousin.
    Who knows, maybe we could make your fantasy come true. :-)

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