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Relish Cooking Show coming to Kingsport

Amanda Marsh • May 19, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Chef Brian

Morris guarantees that the Relish Magazine Cooking Show will be “a riot” when

his culinary crew rolls into Kingsport on May 23.

“It is the most

fun they are going to have at a cooking show,” Morris said. “It’s really like a

night out, not a school or class. It’s perfect for families, date night or a

girls’ night.”

And men

definitely shouldn’t skip out on the fun. Morris says his show is very

“guy-friendly.” He’ll need to see some men in the crowd when it comes time for

selecting the lucky lads who will help him cook on stage. But don’t worry guys,

Morris chooses fun over fancy in his “Back to Basics” show.

“The show is all

about bringing Relish Magazine to life,” he said. “There’s a lot of music and

audience interaction and fun. This year’s show is all about making food fun.”

In preparation

for “Back to Basics,” Morris dug through his culinary bag of tricks to find the

best tips that people can use in everyday meal preparation.

“We’ve found

over the years there’s a lot of fundamentals that folks never really master,”

he said. “The more confident you are in the kitchen, the more fun you will


And since the

show is geared toward teaching, it’s a sure bet that food fans won’t be

disappointed by the two-hour show at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center, 400 South

Wilcox Drive. Some of the day-to-day cooking skills Morris promises to teach

include perfect stir fry and fish, plus oven-roasted chicken.

Perfect poaching

will also be a hot topic.

“We’re going to

turn the notion of green beans upside down,” Morris said. “We’re looking for

more of a snap, a tender crisp. But we won’t go too far from Southern


The Relish

Cooking Show isn’t centered on recipes. In fact, Morris loosely follows the

ingredient instructions. He’s more concerned about “putting tools in the

culinary belt” that people can use for years to come.

Morris is a

Nashville native so he’s especially excited about the Kingsport show and says

he’d “rather be in Tennessee than anywhere else.” He studied finance at the

University of Tennessee while cooking in restaurants to pay the bills. It

wasn’t long before cooking became an obsession and Morris found himself living

in New York City and attending The French Culinary Institute.

He was raised by

professional musicians and says that’s why there’s so much spunk and soul in

his show. Recipe and teaching videos

hosted by Morris on www.relish.com prove that he’s a fabulous entertainer.

“It’s all about

the delivery,” Morris said. “When you perform music you know how it makes them

feel and when you cook you know right away how the taste of the food makes them


Relish Magazine

appears in this newspaper once per month. Each issue celebrates America’s love

of food by offering colorful stories on cooking, dining and entertaining.

“We’re all about

everyday approachable food for real people,” Morris said.

The Relish

Magazine Cooking Show is Thursday, May 23, and begins at 7 p.m. at the Toy F.

Reid Employee Center in Kingsport. Tickets are available in advance at the

Kingsport Times-News, Johnson City Press and the Herald & Tribune in

Jonesborough. General admission tickets are $5 each and $10 at the door. VIP

seats are $10 each and $20 at the door. For more information, contact Jon Leach

at 423-929-3115.

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