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Home Ec, Southern Food & New Culinary Techniques

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We thought guest host Hugh Acheson covered it all on Monday’s “Cooking Today,” and boy were we wrong. 

Speaking again about the importance of reestablishing the home economic programs in our nation’s schools, Hugh started today’s broadcast emphasizing that teaching our children basic life skills, along with how to be “into” food will create betterment for our society.

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Chef Hugh Acheson hosting

1 Chef Hugh Acheson hosting "Cooking Today."

Robert Newton, chef and owner of Seersucker and Smith Canteen.

2 Robert Newton, chef and owner of Seersucker and Smith Canteen.

Hugh Acheson discussing Southern cuisine.

3 Hugh Acheson discussing Southern cuisine.

Chefs Robert Newton and Hugh Acheson

4 Chefs Robert Newton and Hugh Acheson

Chefs Wylie Dufresne and Hugh Acheson discussing culinary techniques.

5 Chefs Wylie Dufresne and Hugh Acheson discussing culinary techniques.

Wylie Dufresne talking about his new menu at wd-50.

6 Wylie Dufresne talking about his new menu at wd-50.

Along the same lines of better educating our kids and consumers about food, Hugh invited Robert Newton, chef and owner of Brooklyn’s Seersucker restaurant to join him in discussing and defining Southern cuisine. Hugh described Southern cuisine as the “hardwood” to other culinary technique’s “veneer,” and Robert drew the comparison between the lack of knowledge about Southern food’s different regional dishes to that of Italian food.

Wylie Dufresne wrapped up the hour discussing how he has restructured the menus at wd-50 using his unique approach to preparing foods, improving upon traditional methods.

If you missed today's show, you have another chance to catch it tonight at 10 p.m. ET and be sure to check out some of the highlights below.

“Cooking Today,” airs live each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT, on Sirius XM 110.  Be sure to tune in Friday, May 18th when Ty-lor Boring of Bravo's Top Chef Season 9 and Neal Rosenthal, president of Mad Rose Wines, joins Hugh behind the mic!

Hugh Acheson talks about why home economics is so important in our schools.

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Robert Newton talks about Southern food's role in American cuisine.

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Robert shares a comparison between Southern and Italian cuisines.

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Hugh and Wylie talk about chefs working in the industry.

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Hugh discusses how he gets his daughters to eat better.

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