Chris Shepherd – Outdoor & Executive Chef at Underbelly
Anita Jaisinghani – Owner & Executive Chef at Pondicheri
Fred Olson – Formerly Mac Hudson of “The Hudson & Harrigan Show”

Well, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo ends today, so I guess another long, cold winter is over in the Bayou City. Ha! That’s just silly, isn’t it? Winter in Houston is the punch line to a bad joke – but we like it that way, don’t we? I spent a winter in Seoul, South Korea when I was in the Army, and that was enough to convince me I didn’t want to ever live north of the Mason-Dixon line. And as a result of that decision, I turned down some very good job offers at radio stations in Buffalo, Milwaukee and Seattle – just to name a few. Seattle is not frigid cold like Korea or Buffalo or Milwaukee, but I did take basic training at Fort Lewis – just outside Seattle, and I can tell you – it’s wet cold. Now, let’s move on to the subject of this week’s edition of The Outdoor Cooking Show – diversity. People in Buffalo and Milwaukee might have be surprised, but we already knew what the US Census revealed back in 2010 – that Houston is now the most diverse big city in the country. They even gave it a title: “The Most Culturally Diverse City in America.” Houston’s cultural diversity has created culinary diversity like we never could have imagined 35 years ago – and that’s a good thing for anyone who loves good food – and isn’t that just about all of us? So, let’s talk about culinary diversity today, and you might discover something new and delicious to eat along the way!

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