Jerry Pellegrino

Host, Radio Kitchen

Executive Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Corks restaurant is fascinated by food and wine, and the way they work in harmony on the palate.  His understanding of the two goes all the way to the molecular level, drawing on his advanced education in molecular biology.  His cuisine is simple and surprising, pairing unexpected ingredients together to work with Corks' extensive wine offerings.

His restaurant is set in a quaint 1849 rowhouse in Baltimore's Historic Federal Hill and he has transformed it into what Baltimore Magazine called "a miniature utopia for wine lovers".  But wine is just half of the equation. Corks is a restaurant where diners can be swept up in Chef Pellegrino's passion for food and wine and discover the distinctiveness of ingredients and the way they work together.

Chef Pellegrino is a member of the local board for the American Institute of Wine and Food, Vice Chancellor Culinare of the Baltimore Bailliage of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers and often featured in cooking segments on local television.  Under his guidance, Corks has been named one of Baltimore's top 65 restaurants every year since opening in 1997 and has been given "The Wine Spectator" award of excellence.


Radio Kitchen #1319
9:23 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Sally Fallon "Nourishing Broth"

February 3, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Sally Fallon "Nourishing Broth"
Last autumn I had the pleasure of meeting one of Maryland's most successful cookbook authors, Sally Fallon.  We got to talking about her latest project, a cookbook called "Nourishing Broth," and it seemed like a natural topic for our show.  We've talked about the importance of good broths and stocks for cooking, so it was  nice to have an expert on hand.

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Radio Kitchen #1318
9:09 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Winter Soups and Stews With Root Vegetables

January 27, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Winter Soups and Stews With Root Vegetables

In the depths of winter we look to the kitchen as a source of warmth and comfort.  And few things warm us up better than a hearty stew.  And since we have so many good root vegetables available to us, it's easy to concoct a delicious winter stew.

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Radio Kitchen #1317
7:38 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Zeke's Coffee

January 20, 2015 - Radio Kitchen -  Zeke's Coffee

One of Baltimore's biggest success stories has been the wonderful rise to fame of Thomas Rhodes, better known as the founder of Zeke's Coffee.   Thomas is selling Zeke's coffee all over town and has work lined up with local brewers, ice cream makers and restaurants.

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Radio Kitchen #1316
8:22 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Maryland Honey

January 13, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Maryland Honey

The keeping of bees is an ancient form of agriculture that benefits mankind more than we realize.  Of course we all think of the products of honey and bees wax, but we owe the bees a huge debt of gratitude for pollinating our flowers, our trees and many of our crops.   So we thought it would be fun to have a bee and honey expert join us, Kara Brook and her line of Waxing Kara honeys.

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Radio Kitchen #1315
9:45 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Seasonal Eating

January 6, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Seasonal Eating
I think by now we can say that the eat local movement is here to stay and that a lot of us take that to heart.  As we formulate our new year's resolutions, we might want to give a thought to that corollary to local eating, season local eating. We invited one of Baltimore's biggest advocates of seasonal eating, Kerry Dunnington,  to be on our show.  And Kerry has just published a brand new cook book that is a marvelous guide to navigating the Maryland seasons. It's called "Tasting the Season" and it is available on  Here are a few winter recipes to consider:

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Radio Kitchen #1314
11:28 am
Tue December 30, 2014

New Year Traditions

December 30, 2014 - Radio Kitchen -  New Year Traditions

In a matter of hours we'll be turning over a new page in our calendars, as we greet the New Year.  January 1st is a momentous day and many people love to observe it with their own New Year's Day Traditions.  Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen is really down with a lot of these traditions that help us start a new year.

Here are a few ideas Jerry has pulled from his archives.

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Radio Kitchen #1313
12:27 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Holiday Drinks

December 23, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Holiday Drinks

As we get ready to make merry during the holiday season, we here in Maryland are fortunate that a number of people in our agricultural community make it their business to keep us well supplied with seasonal drinks.  Which is why we invited Susan Rayner from Boordy Vineyards to talk to us about some of the lovely things you can do with our own Maryland wines.

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Radio Kitchen #1312
9:16 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Christmas Tree Farms

December 16, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Christmas Tree Farms       

There are lots of things that Maryland farmers grow during the year, and with one exception, it's all edible.  But come December there is another crop that our farmers offer that may not find a place at your table, but it may be the center of your holiday home.  We're talking about Christmas trees and other holiday decorations that come from our friends down on the farm.

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Radio Kitchen #1311
11:06 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Local Gifts

December 9, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Local Gifts

As we head into the year's biggest shopping season, a lot of us would like to continue our "buy local" habits.  Fortunately for us, Liz Nuttle of EN Olivier fine oils and vinegars ( 1407 Clarkview Road, 410-823-6457)  has become something of a local food scout.  And we're pleased to say that Liz won a Best of Baltimore award for having the best place to do some quality gourmet shopping.

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Radio Kitchen #1310
9:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Gift Cook Books

December 2, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Gift Cook Books

With the holiday season officially underway, we thought we would give our more diligent listeners a few ideas for early shopping.  It should come as no surprise that we here at Radio Kitchen are exposed to quite a few cookbooks, and  to be honest, we think they make great gifts.  Here are some ideas:

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