Celebrity Chef Gerry Garvin, simply known as G. Garvin, is one of America’s busiest culinary giants. His clients have included Former President Bill Clinton and Halle Berry.
Garvin is most widely known for his television series, Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin, which ran for seven mouthwatering seasons on TV One. The show’s increasing popularity earned the talented artist a second series on the same network entitled G. Garvin: The Road Tour, which premiered in 2007. Garvin also appeared in a Cooking Channel special, Georgia Roadtrip with G. Garvin. He is America’s most down-to-earth chef, and his claim to fame is showing everyday cooks how to keep it simple with a Southern twist.
Garvin’s impressive resume and philanthropic efforts have warranted such accolades as the 2007 Man of the Year award by Women Moving Forward in Business and Third Best TV Chef by Southwest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine in 2006 (behind Jacques Pepin and Emeril Lagasse). Additionally, Garvin has been a popular guest on both The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Good Morning America.
Garvin is also a notable author. His first cookbook, Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin (Meredith Books), was published in October 2006.
The author, philanthropist and now restaurant owner of Low Country Steak sat down with BlackDoctor.org to share five quick and simple tips for healthier cooking and eating for the whole family.
BDO: What is the number one fresh food item that should be on our grocery list that we tend to overlook?
GG: Shallots. They are a great substitute for onions and a great way to start any soup/sauce or as an addition to a salad.
BDO: You offer such a wide range of robust recipes for summer cooking. What is your favorite quick and healthy dish to whip up this season?
GG: Boneless, skinless chicken breast with sliced avocado, brown rice and broccoli rabe.
BDO: What inspired your diverse line of signature spices?
GG: I wanted to share my love for flavoring food with my friends and fans using the spices that I created.
BDO: “Road Trip with G. Garvin” is well into season 3 and continues to take viewers on an incredible culinary ride! Could you share one of your favorite dishes you have discovered this season?
GG: The Fried Kale Salad with the Crispy Pig Ears and Peppers at a place called The Purple Pig in Chicago.
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