It's easy to be terrified in the kitchen, but Top Chef star Dale Talde's new show, All Up in My Grill, focuses on making food out in the open, which is hopefully a fun and low-pressure experience.
"First of all, I love cooking outside. I think if you asked a lot of chefs, they would say the same, and that is kind of where the basis of the show started," the chef exclusively tells Morning Honey of his new series, which premiered on Tastemade on June 30. "Cooking outside on the grill, it’s to show the person who might be a little intimidated or might not venture further than the hot dog and hamburger menu for the grill, to kind of experiment and put yourself out there. Hopefully, when you’re watching it, you get inspired and you get up there and go."
Instead of sticking to what you know, Talde, 42, encourages others to think outside the box.
"I think all great meals start with who you’re with, more than what you’re eating," he shares. "For me, when you think of grilling outside, I think it’s starting off with who you’re with and that is why I love doing things like the lobster broil or a clam bake outside. I think that it’s kind of represents a celebration and celebrating who you’re with, and after the year we’ve all had, who can’t use a little bit of that?"
The TV personality loves to cook seafood — clams, lobster, Dungeness crab, blue crab, shrimp — and believes it's not as hard as it may sound.
"In one of the episodes, we do this ginormous lobster boil — we kind of made it easy for everybody," he says. "It’s always grilled seafood that I love the most. I think that seafood can capture some of that char flavor. I have done rices — paella style on the grill — I love that in the summer, I think it’s fantastic. It’s just about getting creative and putting yourself out there and trying something new."
Talde also recommends going to the farmer's market and "building a meal with all vegetables."
"I made dinner last night, it was corn, clams, tomatoes and yellow butter beans, and if I just did the beans and tomatoes and corn by itself, it would have been delicious," he says. "Go hard on some vegetables on the grill and make something delicious — and it doesn’t need to be the dishes I make. Just get inspired, eat vegetables — they are good for you and delicious."
Ultimately, the Chicago native just wants fans to enjoy grilling as much as he does.
"I am just like a cook your heart and soul kind of guy, I put the food on a platter – you can make good food without perfect technique. You can, it’s possible. I think by watching the new show – my technique is not perfect but good flavors and making food taste good is what I am pretty darn good at, so I hope people get a piece of that," he says. "If you watch this show, then that is what you get – I make crave-worthy food that you want to go eat."
All Up in My Grill is available to watch on Tastemade.