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Adam Gertler's Sweet Tooth

Shalom Life chats with the Food Network host about his latest show, "Kid in a Candy Store."
By: Ilan Mester
Published: June 16th, 2011 in Culture » TV » Interviews
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Have you heard of gelato martinis? What about spicy ice cream? Adam Gertler introduces viewers to these sweets and much more in his latest Food Network show, Kid in a Candy Store (airing in Canada on Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.). We chat with the TV host about his new show, his love for food and his favourite Jewish dish.

SL: Where did this passion for food come from?

AG: I've just always loved to eat really. Food was always sort of special to me. I've taken a lot of pleasure from meal time for as long as I can remember. Meals and holidays are obviously a big part of the Jewish family tradition and even today our family plans things in terms of meals. Where are we going to eat? When are we going to eat? Where was it that we ate last time?

How did the concept for Kid in a Candy Store come about?

I did a special for Food Network called Exterme Sweets, which was about very over the top extreme candies and sweets. Scorpion lollipops, chocolate covered habanero chilis, and extreme sour candies. After that special did well, I think Bob Tuschman, the general manager for the Food Network, thought that a show about sweets might be a good idea and my dentist agreed so, Kid In A Candy Store was born.

What was the most interesting shop or food you came across while shooting the show?

I love Ice cream, so Creole Creamery in New Orleans, which happens to be one of my favorite cities on the planet stands out as one of the coolest places. I also loved Las Paletas in Nashville. These sisters make amazing popsicles with farm fresh ingredients and Nashville is also an awesome town, music city you know.

What candies did you love when you were a kid?

My all time favorite was probably Charleston Chew, frozen. My mom would take us to Smithtown Landing in the summer where there was a pool and they sold Charleston Chews frozen. So amazing. Also honorable mention Reese's peanut butter cups at Halloween time.

The Next Food Network Star launched your career on the network. What was the most challenging moment for you on the show?

There was one challenge where we had to cook fish for the Coast Guard on a boat. I thought it would be funny to do a pratfall before my demonstration. It was not funny and I overcooked my fish and made a fish crepe that Michael Symon spit out. Not a good day, but it was my lowest point and things got better from that point on starting with a challenge that had us on The Rachael Ray Show.

Since you’re a food lover, I have to ask: what’s your favourite Jewish dish?

I think our greatest contributions to the culinary world are appetizing and deli. I love few things on earth more than an everything bagel, slightly scooped, smeared with scallion cream cheese, topped with lox, tomato, red onion and a sunny side up egg and maybe a slice of muenster. Best breakfast sandwich ever.

As a native New Yorker I have great fondness for Katz's and 2nd Ave Deli, but as a Californian transplant, my favourite is Langer's deli, which I spoke about on Best Thing I Ever Ate. They have the best pastrami on the planet next to my own, which we used to serve at the Smoked Joint in Philadelphia. Now that our restaurant isn't around, Langer's rules the pastrami kingdom.

If you could work with any chef on the Food Network, who would it be?

I'm still a huge fan of Alton Brown. His show, Good Eats, is my favorite Food Network program. He just drops the science in a fun straight forward way, and his smoked salmon in a cardboard box is what got me into barbecue and smoking my own foods. I would love to collaborate with him on a project some day.

Have you ever thought about bringing back other shows you’ve been involved with (such as Will Work For Food)?

I would love to do Will Work For Food again. It actually just launched on TLC Asia when I happened to be in Asia. I got to do some press in Hong Kong and then I actually saw myself on TV in Viet Nam, THAT was surreal. Unfortunately there was no cool Asian dubbing.

What’s next for you?

I'm heading to New York to do Food Network Star After Party for Dish Network with Sunny Anderson. That's just a four episode fun show we do commenting on Food Network Star and talking with some of the judges and finalists that have been eliminated. After that I'll be spending time with my garden, which is about to be killin' it with tomatoes, eggplants, and many peppers. Beyond that, let's hope for another gig because I'm having way too much fun to stop now.

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