Archive for September, 2008

Celebrity Snapshot with Kevin Willis

Posted in Celebrity Snapshots on September 9, 2008 by Corinna Allen Cook

Corinna and Kevin Willis

Corinna and Kevin Willis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met Kevin on a planning committee for the Dallas Austin Foundation.

 

Our meeting was at the restaurant Ten Degrees in Buckhead, so afterward a group of us stayed to socialize.

 

Kevin is a very recognizable man.

 

At seven feet tall he towers over anyone else in the room, and, in addition to playing for the Hawks for nearly ten years, he also has the distinction of playing one of the longest careers in the NBA.

 

But he’s a private guy and doesn’t go out much.

 

So we weren’t surprised when he decided to leave early.

 

But not ten minutes later, he was back at the table with a funny grin on his face.

 

“Hey Kevin,” I asked “you lock your keys in the car?”

 

“No,” he answered “Lamb chops. I saw some on the way out and had to order some. To go.”

 

Guess it’s true, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

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Celebrity Snapshot with Chef Rocco DiSpirito

Posted in Celebrity Snapshots on September 9, 2008 by Corinna Allen Cook

 

I met Rocco on stage at a cooking demonstration for Taste of Atlanta.

 

Ever heard the expression “A watched pot never boils”?

 

We sure proved that!

 

The hunky chef planned to make a pasta recipe, but once he got on stage, he realized the five quart pot was still stone cold.

 

 

I was just supposed to introduce him, but he quickly recruited me to stay on stage and help kill some time.

Corinna and Chef Rocco DiSpirito at Taste of Atlanta

Corinna and Chef Rocco DiSpirito at Taste of Atlanta

 

 

We had a lot of fun, and once the water finally bubbled, I even let him dip my hand into it!  

 

 

 

 

 

He says it’s the best way to pull pieces of pasta to test for doneness.

 

Now THAT’S trust.

Celebrity Snapshot with Ivanka Trump

Posted in Celebrity Snapshots on September 9, 2008 by Corinna Allen Cook

Corinna and Ivanka Trump at Trump Towers Atlanta

Corinna and Ivanka Trump at Trump Towers Atlanta

Ivanka Trump

 

 

 

 

 

I met Ivanka Trump at a party for Trump Towers Atlanta.

 

She’d leant some of us jewelry from a collection she’d designed, so we did a quick interview to show it off.

 

The party was loud, and it took a minute to get all the women in place, so in dealing with all of that, I really didn’t have a chance to run through in my head what I planned to say.

 

At just 26 Ivanka was clearly the one running the room, so I knew we wouldn’t have time for a rehearsal or second take.

 

So with all eyes — and the camera — on me, I somehow came up with an introduction and we had a great interview.

 

The seeminly flawless beauty even relaxed enough to admit that she bites her finger nails!

 

Celebrity Snapshot with Ted Turner

Posted in Celebrity Snapshots on September 9, 2008 by Corinna Allen Cook

Corinna with Ted Turner

Corinna with Ted Turner

Ted Turner

 

 

I met Ted Turner at the Taste of the Nation event to benefit Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

 

We were surrounded by amazing food put out by the city’s top 50 chefs, but because he was the honorary chair of the event, Ted had been doing back to back media interviews.

 

Just when I thought it was my turn, he decided to take a snack break!

 

Who can blame him?

 

He’s the billionaire, not me!

 

Once he was done chewing he very graciously posed with me for several shots.

 

Celebrity Snapshot with Ludacris

Posted in Celebrity Snapshots on September 9, 2008 by Corinna Allen Cook

 

Ludacris

 

Ludacris with Chef Chris Yeo

Ludacris with Chef Chris Yeo

 

 

I met Ludacris at the opening of his new restaurant, “Straits” in Midtown.

 

He’d been traveling, so he was seeing the final decoration of the restaurant right a long with the rest of us.

 

He was so excited!

 

I asked him what instruction he gave the designers and he said “It’s gotta be sexy”.

 

I love that he’s not afraid to be a little edgy on camera.

 

He also dressed up for the occasion in a beautifully tailored suit, and if I’m not mistaken, a fresh eyebrow wax!