Quotes from Ted Allen
"Because the show is popular, people do recognize us on the streets."
"For each episode the five of us are all wearing clothes by the same designer. It's a different designer for each episode, but for each one we're all wearing their clothes."
"However, I was a restaurant critic at Chicago magazine before I worked at Esquire, and I've been a really enthusiastic home cook for a long time. It's just something I'm passionate about."
"I am much more interested in the process than results."
"I cook everything. I love Mediterranean cooking, I love Asian cooking. I do lots of Japanese noodles."
"I had a really good time with Martha Stewart, who also is somebody I really admire a lot. I've learned a lot from her and I think all of America has, about attention to detail and using fresh ingredients and making things beautiful and special."
"I like to have friends in the kitchen and make a big mess and use every pot in the kitchen."
"I moved into a larger apartment in the Village and I actually have the possibility of having people over for dinner again, so I'm very excited."
"I really have a great deal of humility in that department, and a great deal of respect for people who spend their lives learning how to make these amazing preparations."
"I think that curiosity happened on these reviews where I was just a guest of the reviewer, because it introduced me to new cuisines and to the idea of cooking as a mechanism for studying other cultures and understanding other parts of the world."
"I went in saying I wanted to be the food guy."
"I'm in a loft and the kitchen is in the very center of the apartment. The whole place revolves around it."
"I've leased the apartment; my partner is going to come out here. But we're keeping our house in Chicago because real estate is a really good investment and also because it is just crammed with full of stuff!"
"If I have committed any culinary atrocities, please forgive me."
"In actuality, there was casting for the show and it was pretty difficult."
"It's very important to me that people who are actual chefs and other professionals in the culinary world, understand that I'm not, and have never held myself out as being, like a CIA trained chef."
"Jay Leno is not a guy who likes change. He eats the same food every day."
"My place in Chicago is a 105 year old house, but I really like contemporary spaces too, so it's refreshing and fun to be in a space where you can do contemporary things."
"My whole problem is that all of my favorite things at Thanksgiving are the starches, and everyone is trying to go low-carb this year, even a green vegetable has carbs in it."
"No, Queer Eye has a book coming out before mine, in the Spring of 2004, in which each of us has a section and we do a brief overview of our subject area."
"Oh, did I tell you I have a cookbook? I have a cookbook deal."
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is a form of service journalism. To be successful, I think it has to be a combination of a good story, it has to be funny, and it also needs to be packed with useful information."
"Sesame oil is probably my favorite condiment, period."
"Six months ago, I was just a writer for Esquire, typing up in my little garret on the far north side of Chicago, and no one had any idea who I was."
"The great mystery to me is how restaurant critics think they can get away with doing their job without anybody noticing who they are."
"Thom is one of those wonderful people to cook for because he absolutely loves it, just loves it. He loves to eat and drink and he'd be a great guest at any dinner party."
"Well, we don't take money from people and then show the product. It has to be a product that we like anyway, and that's true for all five of us, which is one of the really nice things about the way we make the show."
"What I bring to the table is a huge enthusiasm and love for this stuff."
"You know the great irony is that people think you have to have money to enjoy fine food, which is a shame."
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