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.

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Radio Kitchen #1302
1:27 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Homemade Tomato Soup

October 7, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Homemade Tomato Soup

It's been a great year for tomatoes, and I have personally enjoyed some of the best I've ever tasted.  Between tomato sandwiches and assorted salads, I've polished off a lot.  But there's one thing I didn't try... and as I asked around, no one else has either.  How many people do you know who have tried to make home-made tomato soup?

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Radio Kitchen #1301
9:31 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Smart Eating in the Autumn

September 30, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Smart Eating in the Autumn

This is the most bountiful time of the year for local food lovers.  There is an unbelievable assortment of produce out there, and we have a perfect chance to try a lot of new things.  It's hard to go wrong at the market, but  you can make some choices that will set you up for the upcoming holiday season.

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Radio Kitchen #1252
5:30 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Apples for Pie

September 23, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Apples for Pie

September is Apple Month in Maryland, and we have more selections in the market than ever before.  What I love is seeing new varieties come into the market, and I have a little tradition I do every few years involving new breeds of apples...I test them to see which makes the best pie!

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Radio Kitchen #1251
7:18 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Market Report

September 16, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Market Report

Apples are the September specialty crop.

Right about now we are seeing a very detectable transition from summer to autumn, especially in the markets.  On the one hand there is amazing abundance, but on the other some items are going out of season for the year, so you may have to move fast for some of your favorite things.

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Radio Kitchen #1250
10:47 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Cobblers, Crisps and Crumbles

September 9, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Cobblers, Crisps and Crumbles

If you're by nature patient and optimistic, this time of the year is the big pay-off.  We all love summer, but that humidity is just a killer.  So when we start to detect those first cool breezes of Autumn, we all indulge in a quiet little smile, take a deep breath and think, "bring it on."  And along with these first cooler days comes the richest season in Maryland for fruit.  And Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Waterfront Kitchen suggests  some very nice ways of enjoying the harvest.

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Radio Kitchen #1249
9:52 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Canning and Pickling the Summer's Best

September 2, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Canning and Pickling the Summer's Best

Well you can't eat it all.  Nope.  This time of year, there is so much good food out there that you need a long term plan to handle it all.  So that's why we invented pickling and canning, and Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen knows all about this stuff.

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Radio Kitchen #1248
1:34 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Eggplant

August 26, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Eggplant

One of the more eye-catching vegetables you'll see in the market is the eggplant.  These days, local farmers have moved far past the elongated deep purple standard varieties, and they are bringing out an amazing assortment of shapes and colors that are sure to delight you.  And as Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Waterfront Kitchen notes, a backyard chef couldn't help but feel inspired by all these different varieties.

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Radio Kitchen #1247
7:46 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Recipes from Old Arabia

August 19, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Recipes from Old Arabia

One of the best aspects of Maryland's locally produced food is that it supports a wide variety of cuisines.  Classic French, check; Indian curries, check;  Mexican, check.  And how about the cuisine of Medieval Arabia?  Well, Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Waterfront Kitchen, I happen to have a wonderful little book called Scheherazade’s Feast by Habib Saloum (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) and friends, and it actually researched ancient cooking ideas from the Middle East and adapted them to the modern kitchen.
 

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Radio Kitchen #1246
9:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Grill Mates: Part Two

August 12, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Grill Mates: Part Two

Last week we talked about working some inspiration into our grilling.   With all the incredible local produce available, it's fun to get creative out on the back deck.  Using Emeril Lagasse's very useful cookbook "Emeril at the Grill" as a guide, we also tapped into the wealth of knowledge that Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen brings to the table.  As we said last week, our fabulous locally grown produce offers nearly infinite possibilities.  So, we are marrying up a featured protein with a dynamite sauce or a killer summer salad.

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Radio Kitchen #1245
5:50 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Grill Mates: Part One

August 5, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Grill Mates: Part One

It goes without saying that we are in the middle of grilling season, and our local markets are bursting with fresh, local produce.  Our natural inclination is to blend the two together, but we sometimes need a little inspiration. And between Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen,  and Emeril, we have a lot of inspiration.  

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