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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Spring Peas

Apr 6, 2015

April 7, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Peas

Last week we talked about one of the Rites of Spring:  the enjoyment of Spring lamb.  Today we'd like to cover another harbinger of the season, and that would be Spring peas,  the very embodiment of this most tender of seasons.

Spring Lamb

Mar 30, 2015

March 31, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Lamb

Around the world, the arrival of Spring is celebrated in many different ways, but there is a surprising constant in many cultures:  and that would be the enjoyment of Spring Lamb.    But the truth is, around here, these lambs really aren't born in the Spring, and in fact, a true Spring Lamb can be hard to find this early in the year.  

March 24, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Working With Spinach  

I think a lot of us are eagerly awaiting those first warm days of Spring, and the return of the Farmers Markets.  One of the first items to make an appearance every year is spinach.  And that's really good news to cooks all over the place.

DIY Vinegar

Mar 17, 2015

March 17, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - DIY Vinegar

As a wine lover who has a nice cellar, I'm always dreading the time when I open an old bottle and it has, as they say, "turned" to vinegar.  Fortunately, that's a very rare occurrence.   But there are times when we will deliberately try to make our own vinegar.

March 10, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Sweet Potatoes and Yams

As we come out of the winter months, there are still a few things left in the market that were grown last year.  Preeminent among these hardy vegetables would be sweet potatoes.  And notice I said sweet potatoes, and not yams.

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