Steven Raichlen was born on March 11, 1953 in Nagoya, Japan is an American TV Host, BBQ fanatic and food author.
Steven Raichlen Bio: Age, Family, Early Life
Steven Raichlen was born in Nagoya the largest city of Chubu region in Japan. However, a twist of fate seen Raichlen’s family move and his childhood was in Baltimore, Maryland, the US where his love for all things BBQ began. Raichlen knew his passion lay with writing and with this knowledge he attended Reed College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French literature, after that Raichlen received a Thomas J. Watson internship in Europe to study medieval foods. Raichlen seized the opportunity with both hands and trained at Le Cordon Bleu and La Varenne, the top two cooking schools in Paris, France. The bright young star was later offered a Fulbright Scholarship for comparative literature. This would be the start of a phenomenally successful writing career.
Steven Raichlen Career Details
Raichlen’s books have mostly been fixated on the ways and means of grilling from around the world. He has 31 books to date which include best seller- The Barbecue Bible, this has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Other titles include- BBQ USA, How to Grill, Project Smoke, Healthy Latin Cooking and Project Fire. You can now own his books in 17 different languages. Raichlen also wrote Planet Barbecue! 309 recipes that told the story of how Raichlen adventured around the globe in search of the best BBQ and grilling. The book became one of his top sellers, landing it on America’s GoodReads site. Raichlen has had articles published in National Geographic Traveller, The New York Times and many other giants of the food writing industry.
The next part of Raichlen’s career led him to barbecue pit masters thanks to his writing. This included Wayne Mark Schafer, Baltimore’s Pit Beef fame Big Fat Daddy’s. The pair became good friends and Schafer later featured in Raichlen’s 425 Fiery Recipes book as well as his New York Times piece. In 2012 saw a different side to Raichlen’s writing career when he released his first novel. Island Apart- a gripping tale about a Massachusetts island recluse’s evolving relationship with a patient with cancer.
Raichlen took his passion for food, in particular BBQ to the screen and from 2003-2006 aired four seasons of Barbecue University (aka BBQ U) on American Public Television. In 2008 American Public Television loved him so much he landed the host role for Primal Grill. This show would demonstrate Raichlen’s talent of fire cooking showing followers what different grilling techniques could do and make. In 2015 Raichlen followed his passion to the smoking house where he shaped a new TV series ‘Project Smoke’ on public television, this ‘how to’ show centred on new and interesting ways to smoke foods. This evolved into the more recent ‘Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire.’ Raichlen also hosts many international shows for French and Quebec TV networks. His showdown resulted in a victory of Iron Chef Rokusaburo Michiba in a “Battle of the Barbecue Gods” on Japanese television.
He has appeared on plenty of television shows spanning multiple networks including the massive Good Morning America breakfast show, everyone’s favourite TV host Opera, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Regis & Kelly, The Discovery Channel and many more. In 2015 Raichlen founded Barbecue University, which gives participants a three-day intensive course on BBQ cooking at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.
Steven Raichlen has an extensive list of accolades including five James Beard awards for his cookbooks. In 1993 he won an award for Best Light and Healthy Cookbook and his Vegetable orientated cookbook won Best Vegetarian Cookbook in 1996. 1999 seen Raichlen scoop the award for Healthy Focus. In 2001 Raichlen also received the James Beard Foundation/KitchenAid Book Award for his 780-page book on Healthy Jewish recipes. BBQ USA won Tools and Techniques award from Bon Appetit in 2004. In 2015 Steven Raichlen ultimate accolade was granted in the form of being welcomed into the Barbecue Hall of Fame. In 2003, Bon Appetit named Raichlen “Cooking Teacher of the Year,” the same year that The Barbecue Bible won an IACP Julia Child Award.
Steven Raichlen Marriage Details And Kids
Raichlen lives with his wife, Barbara Seldin, a publisher in either of their two homes one in Coconut Grove, Florida or the other Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. They are parents to two children. Son, Jake 23 and daughter Betsy 22.