SOURCE: Chef Mary Payne Moran

January 23, 2008 11:00 ET

Hip Culinary Expert Chef Mary Payne Moran Shares Cooking Tips on New Webisode Series and Blog

Fledgling Gourmets Get Step-by-Step Instructions and Opportunity to Dialogue With Accomplished Chef

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 23, 2008) - Chef Mary Payne Moran announced today her new YouTube webisode series filled with cooking tips entitled, "Ask Mary" and a corresponding interactive blog, "Chef Diaries."

"I created the blog and webisodes to make it easy for people who don't know how to cook or don't want to spend a lot of time doing it to develop basic skills and learn some recipes so they feel confident in the kitchen," says Moran, who was Executive Chef at the well-reviewed Larchmont Grill before she left to launch her catering company Hail Mary's, a catering and private chef services company.

In each daily blog, which runs Monday through Friday, Moran teaches the reader how to accomplish simple cooking tasks related to preparing the menu on her webisode that airs at the end of six weeks. The first six-week set of blogs began on January 14, with a recipe for pork tenderloin and the "ingredient of the day," the brussel sprout. Moran's blog and webisodes are found at:

Although she spent years at the California School of Culinary Arts and studying under the accomplished Chef Valter Roman of The Tuscan Chef cooking school in Lucca, Italy, Moran does not always spend hours cooking. "I think I'm typical of many people in their 20s and 30s who want to prepare great homemade food without having to invest a lot of time or have a design-magazine-worthy kitchen," Moran explains.

Each "Ask Mary" webisode is only 45 to 90 seconds; the "Chef Diaries" blogs are also brief and written each day to support the Monday webisode. The blog's schedule is as follows:

1.      Monday - Release of webisode or recipe release
2.      Tuesday - Ingredient of the day
3.      Wednesday - "What I Cooked Today," with recipe
4.      Thursday - Funny cooking stories, mistakes and fixes
5.      Friday - "Ask Mary"

Readers and viewers can log on any time for quick tips, lessons and recipes which are archived by topic. Moran welcomes questions about food, cooking and life in the kitchen via e-mail at For more information, visit

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