Each issue, AMI's team will be sharing some of their best food moments with our readers.
One of my favorite TV shows growing up was The Galloping Gourmet with Chef Graham Kerr. One episode in 1969 he made Duck a L'Orange. It looked delicious so I decided I wanted to give it a shot. I wrote down the recipe along with a drawing of the duck. I made this recipe for my mom and sister and many times over as an adult for my friends and eventually my wife & daughter. Through the years, I kept the original recipe I had written down as a child. Fast forward about 40 years, one night while out to dinner with some airline and caterer chefs, we all discussed what inspired us to get into the food business. When my turn came around, I told this story. Afterward, Chef (Cowboy) Bob Rosar mentioned he was good friends with Chef Graham and asked if I still had the original recipe and if so, could I send it to him. I looked through my old recipes and found the original, now a brittle piece of paper and sent it. A few weeks later I received a box in the mail from Chef Graham! He had signed the original recipe "If I knew you were writing this down I would have galloped a little slower" and had it framed. Along with this he sent me four of his cook books with special notes inside each one.
It's not often you get to share your childhood dreams with the person who inspired them!