People in New Orleans don’t just love their food traditions. We’re protective of them. So why is a lady of Italian heritage who grew up speaking Italian and loving French cuisine launching a cooking show in New Orleans? In order to provide a showcase for our love of all things edible.
Maria Muro is the publisher of Greater New Orleans Living, a monthly lifestyle magazine that covers everything from healthcare and business to fashion, celebrities, and the social scene. She’s the long-haired hostess on cable TV who interviews fascinating locals. Now her new cooking show,
New Orleans Gourmet, is a natural progression of what’s she’s been doing in the city for years, especially in light of her lifelong passion for food.
At her childhood kitchen table, Maria’s mother served up hearty and rustic Italian meals for an overflowing family of eight children. Dinner was when everyone came together. Life centered around the joy of sharing food.
Needless to say, Mom was an excellent cook who could whip up massive servings to feed her clan, but Maria wanted something more. She wanted refinement and looked to the gourmet. When she was a young girl, PBS cooking shows appealed to her more than cartoons, and at age 7, she even saved up her pennies to purchase a Jacques Pépin cookbook.
Later as a young adult, Maria took a year off to study at ITHQ, the renowned Canadian culinary school. Her goal wasn’t professional; she simply desired to dig deeper into her love of food. She also spent time in Paris living with locals and learned true French cooking which goes beyond any recipe. It’s about savoring the dining experience. It’s about the art of living well.
And New Orleans Gourmet will showcase the art of living well in the city. As a student of fine food, Maria will bring on locals chefs and invite them to share their talents and inspirations during cooking demonstrations. Sommeliers are invited, too, to tell us about the wines they think deserve attention. As hostess of New Orleans Gourmet, Maria sees herself not as an expert but a fan. And us locals will become fans, too. We now have a show to watch our beloved chefs in action and to get introduced to up-and-coming newcomers. We finally have our own TV program exclusively dedicated to everything wonderful about New Orleans cuisine.