On the Line: Bobby Bognar of History Channel's "Food Tech"

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Courtesy of Bobby Bognar
It's ironic that the latest food show to hit the airwaves isn't on the Food Network (they're much too busy showing pointless, boring challenge shows) but on the History Channel.

Though the format is a lot like "Unwrapped" and "Follow That Food", the last time Marc Summers interviewed anyone on TV was during Double Dare, and Gordon Elliott hasn't been seen outside of soup commercials for half a decade. "Food Tech" is a big improvement on the genre.

Host Bobby Bognar actually deconstructs foods that the average American eats and then goes to the source of the main ingredients to interview the producers, for better or worse. The Chinese takeout episode, for example, saw Bobby zipping around the country investigating egg rolls, Peking duck, soy and oyster sauces, fortune cookies and the little cardboard takeout pails.

Bobby was kind enough to answer our usual interview questions and a few others.

1. Dish you cook that most represents you.

Omelets. It's the perfect leftovers/hangovers kind of meal...that pretty much sums me up.

2. What was the last meal you had at home?

Lox and Bagels with cream cheese, onions, and capers. One of the VPs of History sent me a gift basket from Zabar's in NYC to celebrate great debut numbers for "Food Tech." Shipping deli foods is much cooler than flowers. [SAFII: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!]

3. Your favorite restaurant:

For weekend breakfast, it's Grub in Hollywood, a homey place with delicious comfort food. For lunch, it's The Restaurant at the Getty Center, where my wife, Mayet, is the Executive Chef. Great views and creative, delicious food. For dinner, it's Yatai on Sunset, an Asian small plates restaurant with a very cool vibe. For dessert and coffee, it's Susina, which seems like it would be my favorite café in Paris, if I had ever been to Paris.

4. Fast food guilty pleasure:

I rarely feel guilty about fast food. But my favorite is the classic Chick-Fil-A sandwich.

5. Complete this sentence: I would like to [verb] [Food Network star] with [noun]. (for example: "I would like to BEAT BOBBY FLAY with A STALE BAGUETTE." or "I would like to SHOWER GIADA DE LAURENTIIS with FLOWERS"):

I would like to outshine Marc Summers with my Food Tech paychecks.

6. Last meal of your life, what would it be?

Chesapeake Pizza from Bottom's Up Pizza in Richmond, VA. It's a sourdough crust, Maryland blue crab, mozzarella, sauteed onions, and Old Bay seasoning. I would need a tall, chilled mug of Angel City Ale to go along with that, of course.

7. Items you always have in your refrigerator:

Sriracha, eggs, bacon, Champagne, beer.

8. Your most indispensable kitchen tool or appliance:

My dishwasher!

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