Ann Delisi's Essential Cooking How to sharpen your knives, what drinks to serve, where your seafood comes from – WDET's Ann Delisi and James Beard-nominated Chef James Rigato are here to empower you in the kitchen and have some fun along the way. Through interviews with chefs and industry experts, Essential Cooking is a key ingredient in your culinary journey.
Ann Delisi's Essential Cooking

Ann Delisi's Essential Cooking

From WDET 101.9 FM

How to sharpen your knives, what drinks to serve, where your seafood comes from – WDET's Ann Delisi and James Beard-nominated Chef James Rigato are here to empower you in the kitchen and have some fun along the way. Through interviews with chefs and industry experts, Essential Cooking is a key ingredient in your culinary journey.

Most Recent Episodes

Chef Phil Jones on Doing Good with Good Food

Detroit Chef Phil Jones joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about what drives him to provide Detroiters with affordable, locally-sourced, plant-based foods. Jones is a member of Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen for Good, and the co-creator of Farmacy Foods.

James Travels to Tokyo

Chef James Rigato tells Ann Delisi all about his recent trip to Japan, and why the timeless and futuristic food culture there left him feeling inspired.

State Sen. Mallory McMorrow on the Restaurant Industry and Pandemic Shutdowns

State Sen. Mallory McMorrow joins Ann Delisi and James Rigato to talk about how COVID-19 forced the state government and restaurant industry to work together. Plus, how the health of the Great Lakes region's lakes and rivers affect food producers and restaurants.

State Sen. Mallory McMorrow on the Restaurant Industry and Pandemic Shutdowns

Third Culture is a Creative Superpower for Jon Kung

Jon Kung, a Detroit chef, has exploded in popularity with his TikTok cooking lessons. Kung joins Ann Delisi to talk about third culture food and the success he's found in recent years. You can follow him on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube @chefjonkung.

Inside Culinary Tours in Mexico City with Anais Martinez, aka The Curious Mexican

Food writer and tour guide Anais Martinez talks about the culinary gems that travelers can look forward to when visiting Mexico City, which she also writes about in her blog, The Curious Mexican (thecuriousmexican.com).

Inside Culinary Tours in Mexico City with Anais Martinez, aka The Curious Mexican

The Most Demanding Culinary Job in Detroit with Master Chef Shawn Loving

Master Chef Shawn Loving is the executive chef at one of the most prestigious, and demanding, kitchens in Detroit — The Detroit Athletic Club. In this episode, Chef Loving talks with Ann and James about how he came to be one of only 72 Master Chefs in the U.S., cooking for thousands of guests at a time, and how LeBron James got him cooking for USA Basketball at the Olympic Games.

The Most Demanding Culinary Job in Detroit with Master Chef Shawn Loving

Traditional Japanese Cuisine with Ken Nagao of Sharaku

Ann and James talk with Ken Nagao, the managing partner at Sharaku, an acclaimed Japanese restaurant in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Sharaku is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, thanks to its commitment to serving traditional Japanese cuisine.

James Goes to Baja

Chef James Rigato reports back from his trip to the Valle de Guadalupe in the Baja Peninsula. He talks about regional differences in tacos, and how he approaches a food trip.

Not All Detroit Pizza is Square

Val Markel of Val's Pizza joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about the national popularity of Detroit-style pizza, and how she sets herself apart in Detroit. Despite starting a pizzeria in Detroit, which is already home to longstanding mainstays like Buddy's, Cloverleaf and Loui's, Markel has found her niche by embracing the traditions of Neapolitan pizza.

Fine Wine and Fresh Seafood with Antoine Przekop

Antoine Przekop is a sommelier who has worked in the food and wine business for a long time. He's recently taken on a new role as sales director for Motor City Seafood. Antoine joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk wine and sourcing fresh seafood.