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.
EP 5: Two Generations of Italian Chefs
Ann Delisi interviews her co-host, Chef James Rigato and his friend and mentor, Chef Luciano Del Signore about what they cook for themselves at home, their favorite noodle and what they love about each other’s cooking.
EP 4: The Truth About Fish
Have you ever wondered where the fish sold at your local supermarket are from, or which ones are sustainably raised? Fishmonger Matthew Wiseman of Motor City Seafood joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk seafood: The fish we eat too much of, the fish we should eat more of, and how to find the right fish to cook at home.
EP 3: Farming in Detroit with Michelle Lutz
Starting your own garden. Climate change issues for farmers. Farming in Detroit. Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato talk with Detroit farmer Michelle Lutz, who has worked with Detroit Public Schools, Recovery Park, and Buckets of Rain.
EP 2: You, Me and the Honeybee
‘Say hello to the bees’ with WDET’s Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato as they talk with Brad Gladstone of Urban Bee, LLC about everything from how bees survive the winter to their ability to recognize faces and how they protect their hives from invaders.
EP 1: I Hate My Own Cooking: How to Spice Things Up
Are you tired of your own cooking? Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato talk about how to spice things up at home, add flavor to your food and enjoy eating your own culinary creations. Chef Rigato also weighs in on the “must-have” spices you should always have in your kitchen.
Welcome to Essential Cooking
Introducing Essential Cooking with hosts Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato – WDET's new podcast about food, its rich history, and those who create it.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Oh you spicy honey
With only 2 episodes made the show has inspired me to buy a dehydrator and start researching local native Michigan bees. I can’t remember a show that influenced me so quickly
I love the idea of using a dehydrator to make fresh spices. Thank you Chef Rigato!
So much information
What a dense podcast of cooking information. Chef is a wealth of knowledge and Ann is a fantastic interviewer. Bravo.