Oprah and Rocco DiSpirito

Award-winning New York City chef Rocco DiSpirito brought the heat and the sweet to The Oprah Show in 2004 when he shared his Lavender Crème Brûlée recipe—the one dessert he said he can't live without.

"I don't know whether it's the crackly crust or warm, creamy interior. Like ice cream, it will happily take on any flavor you propose," Rocco said.

Plus, check out how Rocco transformed 150 favorite comfort foods into healthy eats—all under 350 calories!
Oprah and Emeril Lagasse

World-renowned chef Emeril Lagasse hit the Oprah Show stage in 2003 with a "bam!" While in Chicago, Emeril shared his Louisiana-inspired Shrimp, Okra and Tomato Gumbo recipe with Oprah and her viewers.

Kick it up a notch with more of Emeril's recipes: Smoked Sausage and Green Onion Cornbread and Red Snapper and Summer Vegetables on a Salad of Friése, Baby Spinach and Endive.
Jamie Oliver's Funky Spaghetti

In 2003, British superchef Jamie Oliver first appeared on The Oprah Show with a simple and delicious spin on an Italian classic.

The recipe Jamie shared made quite an impression. Not only is it one of Oprah's favorite recipes, she also said she whips it up for Stedman or for low-key dinner parties.

Get the recipe for Jamie's Funky Spaghetti 

Oprah and Rachael Ray

The queen of quick and easy recipes, Rachael Ray hit the Oprah Show stage in 2006 to cook up her essential summer party snacks: Caprese on a Stick and Feta Dip with Cucumber and Pita Chips.

These recipes paired perfectly with one of Oprah's favorite cocktails, the Lemon Drop Martini, which she served at the Legends Ball). Throw in some surf, sun and sand, and you've got the perfect ingredients for summer fun!

Get Rachael's complete summer party menu 

Watch Oprah make her Lemon Drop Martini Watch
Sour Cream Pound Cake

In 2007, Food Network star Paula Deen shared her recipe for Grandmother Paul's Sour Cream Pound Cake—a treat her grandma used to make.

Paula acknowledged that this cake isn't exactly diet-friendly, but it is rich in flavor. "I'm your cook, not your doctor!" she joked.

The queen of Southern cuisine experienced a minor glitch during her cooking demonstration, but even a hilarious mixer mishap couldn't ruin this sweet treat!

Watch Paula and Oprah's baking blunder Watch

Paula Deen's Famous Southern Fried Chicken Recipe 
Oprah, Giada De Laurentiis and Nate Berkus

Chef and author Giada De Laurentiis showed that easy-to-make hors d'oeuvres could be everyday Italian for The Oprah Show's culinarily challenged interior designer Nate Berkus.

"Nate doesn't know how to boil water," Oprah said.

Giada helped prepare Nate for holiday gatherings by teaching him how to make Crostini with Gorgonzola, Honey and Walnuts, Panini with Chocolate and Brie and more!

Get all of Giada’s hors d'oeuvres recipes 
Wolfgang Puck

Chef Wolfgang Puck is known for catering his extravagant Academy Award gala, and in 2007, he shared recipes that are sure to make any Oscar® party an evening to remember!

The Green and White Asparagus with Prosciutto and Sweet Crab-Stuffed Tiny Spanish Peppers are sure to get you a standing ovation!

Eat like a star with Wolfgang's favorite Governor's Ball recipes

Watch Wolfgang prepare Smoked Salmon Pizza Watch
Short Ribs Sandwich

Who could forget the sandwich Gayle flew 2,000 miles to try? Thankfully, celebrity chef and restauranteur Govind Armstrong shared his Grilled Cheese and Pulled Short Ribs Sandwich recipe with Oprah Show viewers and saved us all a trip.

Gayle isn't the only one who was over the moon about this scrumptious sandwich. "I've been threatened by a number of guests, if I ever take it off the menu I'm going to run into a lot of trouble," Govind said.

Make Govind's savory sandwich 

Oprah, Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow

After award-winning celebrity chef Mario Batali took a road trip across Spain with his pal, Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, they took the Oprah Show stage to divulge all the delicious details.

Their adventures were documented in the PBS special Spain...on the Road Again, and within their cookbook, Spain...a Culinary Road Trip, which contains all the recipes they fell in love with while abroad.

The Iron Chef even whipped up mouthwatering paella with Oprah and Gwyneth.

"We're making paella, which is probably the most famous dish in all of Spain," Mario said. "In each different region, there are different kinds of paella. I like to think of it as kind of a canvas on which you can paint."

Get Mario's recipe for Paella and other Spanish dishes.
Greek Cinnamon Stewed Chicken

Iron Chef 's Cat Cora appeared on The Oprah Show in 2009 to help Robin, a microwave-dependent mother of two, break free from frozen foods.

For 48 hours, the world-renowned chef gave Robin a crash course on preparing fresh, healthy and affordable meals for her family. From breakfast tortillas to Spicy Chicken and Mango Stir-Fry to Greek Cinnamon Stewed Chicken with Blanched Greens—Cat left no meal to chance.

Watch Cat prepare Greek Cinnamon Stewed Chicken Watch

Cat's tips even helped Robin save $80 at the grocery store! After cooking lessons, Robin said her family began to anticipate what would be on their plates. "Every morning they get up and they want to know, 'Are you gonna make that food that Cat taught you how to make?'" Robin said. "She set the bar really high."

Get Cat's seven-day, mix-and-match menu!

Cat's 10 pantry essentials 

Slow-Cooked Barbecue Pork Shoulder

In 2009, Food Network star Tyler Florence came to one mom's rescue. Tonya was worried that her lack of cooking skills would lead to unhealthy eating habits and body image issues for her two daughters, so Tyler rolled up his sleeves and took over Tonya's kitchen.

For two days, this chef and sandwich showdown competitor showed Tonya how to create healthy and delicious recipes for her family.

Watch Tyler prepare a savory barbecue sandwich! Watch

"Being a chef means that you get to operate what I call 'the heartbeat of the house'—and that's the kitchen," he said. "What I like to do is just sort of share ideas with people [so] that you can take the fear out of getting behind the stove."

Once Tonya started making Tyler's recipes, the daughters she once had to bribe with sugar to finish their meals were licking their Perfect Oatmeal bowls clean.

Cristina Ferrare's Holiday Meal

Cristina Ferrare's 2009 Holiday Menu offers home cooked simple, tasty solutions for one of the most wonderful—and stressful—times of the year. No matter what your skill set is, you'll wow family and friends with a holiday meal that Oprah says is the best she's ever tasted!

From Turkey Marinade to Sweet Potato Biscuits to Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Cristina's Holiday Menu will have your guests asking for seconds!

Print Cristina’s holiday meal planner checklist 

Get the entire grocery list 
Art Smith

In 2010, celebrated chef Art Smith graced the Oprah Show stage to reveal his healthy spin on an old favorite: fried chicken!

Get Art's recipe for Southern Oven Unfried Chicken 

Art, Oprah's personal chef for 10 years and the creator of Table Fifty-Two, decided to give fried chicken a makeover after being diagnosed with diabetes just before his 50th birthday.

By using Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk to coat the chicken, Art reduced the amount of fat and increased the amount of protein in his signature dish. "The fact is you've got to get rid of the skin, and you've got to use a multigrain type of coating because it's all in the crust where the fat is," Art said.

Try 11 recipes from Art's cookbook Back to the Family
Oprah and Jamie Oliver

After wowing Oprah with his Funky Spaghetti recipe, Jamie Oliver returned in 2010 to talk about his mission to change the way families eat. "I'm here to start a revolution," he said. "The biggest food revolution that this country's ever seen."

Get all of Jamie's healthy recipes!

In 2003, Jamie launched a one-man crusade to reduce the amount of processed foods served in British grade-school cafeterias. After four years, the British government responded to Jamie's call to action, spending nearly $1 billion to serve fresh, healthy food to millions of students.

Then, this father of four decided to bring his campaign stateside to transform American meals. His primetime show, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, chronicled his three-month plan to transform the eating habits of families in Huntington, West Virginia, which was recently ranked one of America's most obese cities by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Jamie's Crunchy Garlic Chicken, Evolution Carrot Salad and Omelets will make your taste buds eager to join the revolution!

Learn more about Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution 

Curtis Stone

Oprah's trip to the land Down Under wouldn't have been complete without some fare from superstar Australian chef Curtis Stone. 

Try recipes from Curtis' beach barbecue menu

Using fresh Australian seafood and local ingredients, Curtis prepared an unforgettable beach barbecue—or as the locals call it, a "barbie"—at Queensland's Whitehaven Beach for Oprah and 92 Ultimate Viewers.
Adult Grilled Cheese

Who knew that America's homemaking queen also makes a mean grilled cheese? Or in this case, 10 variations of this classic comfort food!

In 2010, Martha Stewart shared her recipes for grown-up grilled cheese and Bloody Marys with Oprah. "I think that evolving the grilled cheese sandwich is a good thing," Martha said.

How to make your own grilled cheese bar 

Browse more recipes Martha has cooked on Oprah's stage through the years! 


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