Meet four other chefs from “The Great American Recipe”


Christina McAlvey, Silvia Martinez, Foo Nguyen and Dan Rinaldi all use family recipes to create connection and joy


  • Christina Zeiders

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Judges Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot, host Alejandra Ramos and Leah Cohen (LR).

The Great American Recipe premieres in two weeks! Watch Friday, June 24 at 9 p.m. on WITF TV, the PBS Video app, or online. The eight-part competition series celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American cuisine so vibrant and unique.

Ten chefs will share their unique culinary styles, all of which have been shaped by their backgrounds – Syrian, Hungarian, Vietnamese, Mexican, Italian, Puerto Rican, Filipino and Southern. The finished dishes represent the flavor and diversity of American home cooking.

In each episode, contestants showcase two of their beloved signature dishes as they compete to win the national search for “The Great American Recipe.”

Host Alejandra Ramos and judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot bring their professional knowledge and culinary knowledge to encourage and support our contestants.

Meet four more of our chefs:

Christina McAlvey calls her food “Fili-fusion,” a blend of Filipino flavors blended with her favorite cuisines. She was born in Michigan shortly after her parents emigrated from the Philippines to the United States in the 1970s. From a young age, she helped her parents in the kitchen, preparing Filipino dishes and taking home-cooked meals home to school for lunch. Her signature dish is Chicken Adobo, which she learned to make from her father as a child.

Now living in Portland, she finds the area’s outdoor lifestyle encourages her to cook healthy, eco-friendly meals using locally sourced organic and gluten-free ingredients. With her interest in fitness, she enjoys creating healthier versions of her family’s favorite Filipino recipes.

As a small business banker with a busy personal and professional life, she doesn’t always have time to tackle complicated recipes and has learned to make simple, delicious meals using the ingredients she has. on hand.

Silvia Martinez grew up in Guanajuato, Mexico, cooking authentic dishes that she learned from her grandmother, aunts and mother. After college, Silvia worked as a human resources manager and university teacher. She met and married an American and they moved to the central coast of California.

Silvia’s transition to life in the United States was difficult, but once she became a mother, she connected with other Latinx parents by sharing her favorite recipes and her bicultural life through her bilingual website. popular.

She has adapted some of her Mexican recipes to reflect a Californian lifestyle while retaining many traditional Mexican dishes. One of his signature dishes is Sopa Tarasca, a soup made with pinto beans with tomatoes and chilli ancho, topped with crispy tortilla strips, avocado and queso fresco.

Foo Nguyen enjoys cooking her family’s favorite recipes and considers her Vietnamese heritage her greatest culinary influence. His family emigrated to the United States when he was three and settled in Cincinnati, where he lived until he was 22.

Foo’s large family – he is one of eight children – rarely ate out because of the expense, so his mother always served home-cooked meals. When he first started cooking, he combined Asian flavors with Midwestern comfort food classics. After his mother was diagnosed with dementia, he was motivated to continue his Vietnamese cooking traditions for his Korean-American wife and their two daughters.

He now lives in Orange County, California where there is a large Asian community and easy access to amazing ingredients. Foo is also a comedian and thinks food and comedy are the two things that can put a smile on anyone’s face. His signature dish? Imperial rolls stuffed with pork, crab and shrimp – a family tradition started by his mother.

Dan Rinaldi grew up in a multi-generational Italian family and is proud to share his family recipes. He learned to cook in his grandmother’s kitchen, where Sunday dinners were a childhood staple.

He loves making homemade pasta and continues the tradition with his wife, daughter and grandchildren. The secret to his cuisine is the legacy of Calabrian chili peppers, imported from Italy, and he tries to incorporate them into as many dishes as possible.

A firefighter for 33 years, Dan enjoys preparing hearty meals to share with his fellow firefighters. While on duty, Dan became trapped inside a burning house, suffering third-degree burns and crushed limbs before being rescued by fellow firefighters. After recovering, he came back stronger and continued to thrive in the job he loves so much. Her signature dish (and a fire station favourite) is her grandmother’s meat sauce recipe – Sunday Sauce with Meatballs.

look The Great American Recipe Fridays at 9 p.m. starting June 24, or stream it on demand from the PBS Video app and online. Episodes will stream for free until December 31, 2022.