The Annual TASTE AWARDS celebrity award presenters, hosts, and ambassadors are an impressive gathering of talent and success.
The Awards have included appearances by stars, celebrities, producers and executives from networks and platforms such as the Food Network, the Style Network, Bravo, the Cooking Channel, TLC, Discovery, Lifetime, E! Entertainment Television, PBS, NBC, ABC, the CW, HGTV, the Travel Channel, HD Net, Hulu, YouTube, Dreamworks, Esquire Network, FYI Network, The History Channel, Bio, iHeart Radio, Sony Pictures, APT, Myx TV, and more.
Celebrity Awards Presenters from the Past and Present.
Personality: Cat Cora
As seen on: Bravo, Food Network
Programs: multiple programs
Bio: Cat made her TV debut in 1999, as co-host of Food Network’s Melting Pot with Rocco Di Spirito. She went on to host My Country My Kitchen: Greece, Date Plate, and was one of the featured hosts on Fine Living’s Simplify Your Life. A documentary, Cat’s In The Kitchen, was also made about her first James Beard dinner in April, 2002. Preceding Iron Chef America, Cat co-hosted Kitchen Accomplished on Food Network, where she worked with a design expert and contractor to surprise a homeowner with a 3-day kitchen makeover.
In 2006, Cat appeared in NBC’s Primetime Miniseries, Celebrity Cooking Showdown, where celebrities were paired with famous chefs and competed in a timed cook-off à la Iron Chef America. In May 2012, Cora stepped out of her chef’s jacket into a new role as co-host alongside Curtis Stone for Bravo’s new series, Around the World in 80 Plates. The two hosts traveled with 12 chefs competing in a culinary race across 10 countries in 44 days.
Personality: P. Allen Smith
As seen on: National Television, Public Television
Programs: “P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home”, “At Home with P. Allen Smith”
Bio: P. Allen Smith is an award-winning designer, gardening and lifestyle expert. He is the host of two public television programs, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table and the syndicated 30-minute show P. Allen Smith Garden Style. Smith also has 2 digital shows on YouTube’s eHow channel including At Home with P. Allen Smith and FarmRaised. Smith is one of America’s most recognized and respected design experts, providing ideas and inspiration through multiple media venues.
He is the author of the best-selling Garden Home series of books published by Clarkson Potter/Random House, including Bringing the Garden Indoors: Container, Crafts and Bouquets for Every Room and a cookbook, P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden. Smith is a regular contributor on The Weather Channel and hosts his own radio program the “P. Allen Smith Show”. His design and lifestyle advice is featured in several national magazines.
Personality: Andres Izquieta
As seen on: Esquire Network
Programs: “Weekend Fix”
Bio: Andres Izquieta is an American born fashion designer and co-founder and CEO of the apparel brand Five Four and the Five Four Club. Izquieta also created, executive produces, and co-stars on the Esquire Network’s travel series, “Weekend Fix,” which premiered in October 2014. In each episode, he and actor Omar Miller (CSI: Miami) travel to a new city on the fly and rely on social media to plan their trips.
Izquieta is also an owner or partner in several other ventures in the apparel (notably streetwear brand Young & Reckless), media, and restaurant industries. He most recently launched Fala Bar, a vegan fast food, falafel & salad bar restaurant in Los Angeles.
As seen on: PBS
Programs: “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class”
Bio: Joanne Weir is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, cooking teacher, chef and public television personality. Joanne is the host of “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class”, a 26-part cooking series currently airing on public television.
Awarded the very first IACP Julia Child Cooking Teacher Award of Excellence in 1999, Joanne shares a lifetime of experience that flavors everything she touches. Her first book, From Tapas to Meze (Crown, 1994,) was selected by Julia Child as one of her 12 personal favorites out of 1000 cookbooks published that year.
Joanne also teaches hands-on cooking courses in her professional kitchen in San Francisco, California. Check here for recipes from Joanne’s cookbooks, TV shows, and articles, as well as links to Joanne’s favorite products
Personality: Chef Nathan Lyon
As seen on: Fit TV, Discovery Health Channel, PBS, The Food Network
Programs: “A Lyon in the Kitchen”, “Growing a Greener World”, “The Next Food Network Star”
Bio: Chef Nathan Lyon is known to viewers across the country for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, local ingredients. Among the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star, he is the chef of Growing A Greener World (PBS), the creator and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV) and appears as a guest chef / expert on Real Simple Real Life (TLC) and Home Made Simple (TLC).
Nathan holds a BS in Health Science from James Madison University as well as a Culinary Arts Degree from Le Cordon Bleu.
Personality: Brian Boitano
As seen on : The Food Network
Programs: “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”
Bio: On his Food Network show, “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”, Brian takes viewers on a reality cooking adventure as he creates amazing food for a new event in each episode focusing on innovative but accessible dishes, as well as demonstrates his culinary skills and talent for one-of-a-kind entertaining.
Few athletes have enjoyed the artistic and popular success that figure skater Brian Boitano has achieved since winning the gold medal for the United States at the 1988 Winter Olympics Games in Calgary, Canada. Brian, a three-time Olympian, has won more than 50 titles and was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and the National Italian-American Hall of Fame. Brian won a primetime Emmy Award for his starring role in the HBO movie “Carmen on Ice.”
Personality: Fabio Viviani
As seen on: Bravo
Programs: “Top Chef”, “Top Chef All Stars”
Bio: Fabio Viviani, is the owner of Café Firenze in Moorpark, California and Firenze Osteria in Toluca Lake, California. He was a Fan Favorite on “Top Chef” Season 5, as well as the stand- out chef on Top Chef, Season 5, which was nominated three times for the 2009 Emmys. He has also been a recognized celebrity chef with ongoing appearances nationwide at culinary events, television, and radio.
Fabio’s first cookbook, ‘Café Firenze Cookbook, Mangia e Bevi’, penned with business partner and best pal since the age of 12, Jacopo Falleni has been a huge hit with rave reviews. Fabio has other books, such as, ‘My Son is On Google, Recipes & Memories from an Italian Mom’.
Personality: Carrie McCully
As seen on : Food Network
Programs: “Chef Hunter”
Bio: As the host of the Food Network’s “Chef Hunter,” Carrie McCully is the principal of Force of Nature Media, a boutique-consulting firm that specializes in recruitment and placement of culinary professionals in the United States. Over the years Carrie has had the privilege of working with personalities including Alain Ducasse, Terrance Brennan, Martha Stewart, Alison Price Becker, and Kathryn Bigelow, among others.
On “Chef Hunter”, Carrie brings in her candidates of out-of-work chefs to audition for a coveted executive chef position, experiencing the most pressure-filled night of their lives. Getting the job could change their fate — and the fortunes of a top restaurant. Teeming with emotion and incredibly high stakes, Food Network’s “Chef Hunter” looks behind the kitchen door at a uniquely cutthroat interview process that tests culinary skill, business acumen and the tenacity required to be an executive chef.
Personality: Jeannie Mai
As seen on: Style Network
Programs: “How Do I Look?”
Bio: An experienced makeup artist, fashion expert and actress, Jeannie Mai delivers her exuberant personality and unbridled talent to Style as host of How Do I Look?, the network’s hit fashion-intervention series.
Mai launched her career as a successful celebrity stylist, with a roster of clients including Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and Rosario Dawson. She was host on Stir, an Asian-American magazine-style show on International Channel Networks. The program picked up its first Emmy nomination in 2005. She has been busy ever since. In 2009, Mai joined Extra as a correspondent and weekend cohost and also appeared on Style’s What I Hate About Me and Lucky Shops, TLC’s 10 Years Younger and USA Network’s Character Fantasy.
Personality: Zane Lamprey
As seen on: The Travel Channel, HDNet
Programs: “Three Sheets”, “Drinking Made Easy”
Bio: Zane Lamprey is constantly being told he has the best job in the world. As host of the cult sensation “Three Sheets,” Zane’s job is to travel around the world and drink. After four seasons, Zane has thrown back a few (and sometimes a few too many) in over 50 countries. As he drinks with the locals, viewers learn about the culture, people and spirits of the region.
Zane can also be seen on the imbibing travelogue, “Drinking Made Easy”, which premieres on HDNet on October 6, 2010. The 24 episodes, which follow his national 53-city live comedy tour (also called Drinking Made Easy), highlight the drinking cultures and customs of U.S. cities. Zane is about to embark on another tour, Sing the Booze, to debut his new album of drinking songs, while hitting 30 cities across the US in the fall of 2010. Previously, Zane hosted “Have Fork, Will Travel” on the Food Network, where he traveled around the world and ate.