Thursday, February 14, 2013

Southern Passion Lounge in Paris

I am pleased to report that, as of February 21st, I will co-host a dynamic new on-line radio show called Southern Passion Lounge in Paris with Chef Amadeus of Jacksonville, Florida.

Chef Amadeus
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Several weeks ago, Chef Amadeus contacted me through a referral by Chef Dwight Evans* of Chicago. I learned that Amadeus was the winner of the Food Network's first Extreme Chef competition "Mexican Showdown" in 2012...

Chef Amadeus at the Food Network's "Mexican Showdown"
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and that he has created a line of salt-free spices called Southern Passion Spices.

Southern Passion Spices "Lil Bump"
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I also learned that he has hosted the Internet radio show Southern Passion Lounge for over two years and that his broadcasts attract hundreds to thousands of listeners per show.

Chef expressed his interest in sharing with his fans his love for food, wine, and travel in a show with a new twist. He remembers fondly the time that he spent in Europe when he was in the U.S. Navy and was inspired to explore launching a radio show featuring Paris by Chef Evans' experience attending culinary school here. He is passionate about encouraging his listeners to think and move "outside the box" by trying new foods, experimenting with wines, and leaving the comfort zone of their communities to venture out into the world. This was music to my ears because I am passionate about motivating Americans to travel abroad and have incorporated the culinary arts into Discover Paris! tours and activities since the early 2000s.

Appreciating the aroma of fresh roasted coffee
© Discover Paris!

Making bechamel sauce
© Discover Paris!

Together, Chef and I have created the concept of Southern Passion Lounge in Paris, where we will explore some of the best places to eat and drink in Paris, listen to the music being produced by American expatriate artists, and take a look at the fascinating culture and contemporary life of the African Diaspora here. We'll also look at French cuisine in the U.S. through the many connections that Chef Amadeus has with French restaurants and chefs around the country.

Be sure to join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 1-2 PM EST / 7-8 PM Paris time to see what we've cooked up for you!

To call into the Lounge, dial 760-283-0856.

Follow us on Twitter: @ChefAmadeus and @moniqueinparis.

*Read about Chef Dwight Evans here:
  Chef Dwight Evans in Paris - Part 1
  Chef Dwight Evans in Paris - Part 2


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