Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau are back on the radio. An announcement on the Tom Douglas Restaurants blog says that the duo, two of the most prominent chefs and restaurateurs in the city, will hit the KIRO airwaves once again this Saturday. The new weekly incarnation, "Seattle Kitchen", debuts January 7 at 8am and airs the next day at 10am. A Seattle Kitchen Facebook page and Twitter account are in the works.
Co-host Rautureau, aka the Chef in the Hat, says that the hourlong show "will have us talking food, restaurants, what’s in the news, and basically having fun." The setup is similar to his and Douglas’s original show, "In the Kitchen with Tom and Thierry," he says. However the new version puts more emphasis on the two chefs’ differing culinary opinions, specifically how a guy from France and a guy from Delaware, both ardent fans of Northwest ingredients, approach certain foodstuffs like duck or beets.
Recording an hourlong weekly show is no small time commitment for two men with already packed schedules. Jokes Rautureau, "We’re professionals, it should only take us 40 minutes."
From 2004 to 2010, the duo hosted a weekly show on KIRO dishing up entertaining (and sometimes endearingly dopey) banter and a parade of local food notables that was mandatory listening for Seattle food nerds. Seattle Met’s own critic Kathryn Robinson was a regular guest and says she continues to marvel at how many people missed the show after it left the air
Rautureau says that listeners should submit questions via Twitter.