Meeting Food Network’s Dave Lieberman

So, what do you say to break the ice when you meet one of People Magazine’s 50 Hottest Bachelors?


We’ll I’m going to let you guess what I said (and let you win something cool)

A few nights ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dave Lieberman, who was showcasing tapas dishes using beautiful olive oil from Spain. My friends, the Culinary Sherpas did the food styling for the event and for the media.

Culinary Sherpas

Dave, me, Michelle and Greg of the Culilnary Sherpas who did the awesome food styling.

Here’s my 7 minute interview with Dave, and I think I embarrassed the curls outta his hair and made him squirm like a monkey in heat! (around the 4:40 mark)

Dave Lieberman Interview from Jaden Hair on Vimeo.

And I have a feeling that Dave’s going to totally get me back for that embarrasing question!!!


Recipes courtesy of Dave Lieberman and Olive Oil from Spain

There are a ton more recipes at Olive Oil from Spain‘s website.

Lemon Poached Shrimp

Lemon Poached Shrimp with Spicy Gazpacho

serves 8-10 as part of Tapas party

For the shrimp:
3 quarts water
1 lemon, quartered
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black peppercorns
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

For the gazpacho:
1 cup soft insides of rustic bread loaf
1 pound vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
½ medium white onion, peeled and roughly chopped
½ red bell pepper, roughly chopped
½ green bell pepper, roughly chopped
4 clove
s garlic, chopped
½ Thai chili, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons Olive Oil from Spain
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the garnish:
¼ cup each finely diced red bell pepper and cucumber
Olive Oil from Spain

To make shrimp:
Combine water, lemon, thyme, bay leaf, salt and peppercorns in a large pot. Bring to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes. Remove and discard lemon and seasonings. Add shrimp to pot and poach for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, transfer shrimp to a large bowl of ice water. Drain and refrigerate shrimp until ready to serve.

To make gazpacho:
Soak the bread in water for 10 minutes; drain and squeeze out excess water. Set aside. In a food processor puree the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, peppers, garlic and chili. Add the bread, vinegar, Olive Oil from Spain, salt and pepper and process until smooth. Chill until ready to serve.

To serve:
Place a couple shrimp in a shallow bowl; pour gazpacho around. Sprinkle with diced red pepper and cucumber. Drizzle with olive oil.

Garlic and Idiazabal Mashed Potatoes with Herbed Cream

Makes 10 servings (20 potato cakes)

For the potatoes:
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes (2 large), peeled and cut in large chunks
¼ cup Olive Oil from Spain
cloves garlic, smashed
3 tablespoons milk
¾ cup grated Idiazábal cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 large egg beaten
¾ cup fine dry breadcrumbs
Light Olive Oil from Spain for frying

For the herb cream:
3 tablespoons Olive Oil from Spain
2 tablespoons basil leaves
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley leaves
¼ cup crème fraiche
¼ cup sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt to taste

To make the potatoes:
In a small saucepan combine Olive Oil from Spain and garlic. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. When cool discard the garlic.

Boil potatoes until fork tender; drain. Return potatoes to pot to dry. Mash potatoes leaving some chunks. Stir in 3 tablespoons garlic, Olive Oil from Spain, milk and cheese; season with salt and pepper. When cool enough to handle, form potatoes into small round cakes, about 2 inches in diameter. In a small bowl, beat egg with 1 tablespoon water. Dip each cake into egg mixture, then into breadcrumbs. Refrigerate at least ½ hour or overnight.

Pour enough light Olive Oil from Spain into a heavy skillet to cover the bottom with 1/4″of oil; set over medium heat. When the oil is hot pan-fry potato cakes until golden brown, 1 – 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Top each potato cake with a dollop of herb cream and serve warm.

To make the herb cream:
In a blender puree the Olive Oil from Spain, basil, and parsley. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until just mixed. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Chorizo Bites

Fresh Chorizo and Piquillo Bites with Shaved Manchego Cheese

Serves 8 to 10 as part of Tapas menu

1 pound fresh chorizo sausage
1/4 pound Manchego cheese
6-8 piquillo peppers, drained and cut into 1 inch squares
olive oil from Spain

Prick fresh chorizo sausages in several placdes with the point of a knife. Grill sausages over medium high heat until medium rare, about 3 minutes on each side. Set aside to drain on a paper towel. When sausages are cool enough to handle, slice diagonally into 1/2 inch thick pieces.

Add olive oil to saute pan and sear chorizo slices on both sides until well browned and cooked thorugh, 1-2 minutes for each side. Drain on paper towels.

Using a vegetable peeler, shave cheese into very thin pieces. Top each piece of chorizo with a shaving of cheese and a square piece of piquillo pepper. Skewer with a toothpick. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Win a Dave Lieberman Signed Cookbook: Dave’s Dinners

Dave signed a cookbook, just for you!

Untitled from Jaden Hair on Vimeo.

Thanks for entering, the winner for the Dave Lieberman cookbook has been announced!

To enter the random drawing, just comment below and tell me what was my pickup line that I said to Dave Lieberman when first met him?

And while this is Steamy Kitchen, please do keep it clean.

The random drawing is just that. TOTALLY RANDOM. So no, you don’t have to guess the right answer or anything to win, although, if you guess correctly, you might just win a little something extra from me.

You have until September 20th!

Here’s a big hint…

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Comments 158

  1. Carrie Hasson

    ahh you gave me some good smiles this morning and a few giggles! how much fun was that?! and you look great, love the shoulder, almost as much as he loves chicken knees lol. hmm maybe you said something like, “so i see you’re a Canon guy?”
    Bonding over cameras, that’s hot!

  2. leanne

    “My, what a big lens you have!”

    I probably wouldn’t have been able to say anything, what with my tongue hanging out of my mouth.

  3. W. Shedd

    So many good comments you could have started with … my official answer (which I very much doubt you would ask because it is so non-PC) is “Are you straight?”

    I might have said “You’re not as tall as you look on TV.”

  4. Sophia

    I’m guessing, “Can I take a picture? with the food?” Great interview, by the way

  5. Deborah Dowd

    “How come your’s is bigger than mine?!” If you need a great source for Spanish ingredients, check out La Tienda. They have everything you need online – I have ordered from them several times even though they are only about 30 minutes away!

  6. Lexi

    It might not be fair to do two…but I didn’t see your hint.
    How about “Let’s forget about these shots and let’s go do some REAL SHOTS!

  7. Cakebrain

    You probably said something like “So, what kind of camera/lens do you use?” I know that sounds kind of safe, but I figured you didn’t want to scare him away before your titillating question ;p

  8. Mikky

    “Will you marry me?”… LOL… just kidding Jaden…you looked great, he was lucky you were the one who interviewed him… 🙂

  9. joey

    Um…”what camera do you use?” Argh, a boring questions I would ask but not you! Anyways, you look fab!

    Idiazabal is one of my favorite cheeses!!! Have to try that mash recipe…

  10. casadelun

    Sorry, I wasn’t going to comment, but I feel the urge to.

    What you probably said when you met Dave Lieberman:

    1. Channeling Paris Hilton “You’re hot…”


    2. “You’re not the only one that knows how to use that equipment.”

    Have a wonderful day!

  11. Julie

    All I can say is that you look fantastic and the interview was a lot of fun to watch.


  12. RecipeGirl

    “I’ll take your picture if you take mine…”

    Wow, he’s a definite cutie. I don’t know if I could have gotten through the interview without giggling incessantly. Great job. Lucky you. You do all the fun stuff 🙂

  13. Kate

    I say it was “Can I hold your camera?” Of course, there’s always the ubiquitous, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…”

    I’m dying to try those chorizo bites. I just bought a few packs of the to-die-for chorizo from the on-campus meat lab and have been looking for more things to do with it.

  14. suzie

    Ooh the picture changed.. now did you say Wow look at the size of your ……

    CAMERA lol

  15. Amber

    “Is it Dave or David? I’ll just call you sweetie.” All I can say is where were guys like this when I was 30.

  16. Jenny

    Aww man, just about everybody has said something I wanted to say argh!

    Well, all I can say is Dave Lieverman is one HOTTIE! He has the cutest smile! Lucky you! 😀

  17. Silvia

    “I see your Schwartz… err LENS is as big as mine. Let’s see how well you handle it.” 😀

  18. Jenny

    “Hi! I like the way you work it.”


    “Wow, that [camera] is big!”

    “Yours is bigger than mine”

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