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 #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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Radio Kitchen #1309
12:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Desserts

November 25, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Thanksgiving  Desserts

Welcome to Radio Kitchen, I'm Al Spoler.  We have the best dinner of the year just a couple days away now, and while many of us have been thinking turkey and trimmings, you'd best think about desserts too, because the folks are expecting them.   And Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Waterfront Kitchen, there's still time to whip up something from scratch that will dazzle and amaze your guests.

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Radio Kitchen #1308
9:43 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Stuffings

November 18, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Thanksgiving Stuffings

With Thanksgiving a week and a half away, it's time to start thinking about some of the elements of the meal.  This is one of the few times during the year that we will most likely serve our principal protein, usually turkey, with stuffing. A lot of people have traditional recipes they follow year after year, but some folks are adventurous.

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Radio Kitchen #1307
5:30 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Puerto Rico Recipes

November 11, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Puerto Rico Recipes

I just got back from a lovely week in Puerto Rico and as always, I kept my eyes open for some interesting new ideas.  It wasn't hard to find a lot of fascinating dishes, including the legendary mufungo.   I tried a few things that will take advantage of the last of our local peppers and onions that are available in the markets.

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Radio Kitchen #1306
9:07 am
Tue November 4, 2014

A Chicken on Every Stove Top

November 4, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - A Chicken on Every Stove Top

As we wander through the aisles of our produce sections or our farmers markets this time of year, we're left to wonder what we can do with a dwindling amount of fresh produce.  Well we think the answer is to go chicken.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen discovered when his oven went on the fritz that there are a lot of stove top recipes that are perfect for this time of year.  Here are three recipes he developed:


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