Robert W Surles

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Robert worked as a personal chef for baseball star Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.  

Robert W Surles
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Rutabaga Fries

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Robert Surles, aka Chef Bobo has held many distinguished cooking positions including Chef instructor at the French Culinary Institute in New York City.


He has worked as a corporate chef at IMG, a sports marketing and management company.  He was also the official chef at the Krewe of Orpheus in New Orleans, a Mardi Gras parade group founded by jazz musician and entertainer Harry Connick Jr.


Chef Bobo is the author of Chef Bobo's Good Food Cookbook that focuses on recipes for happy, healthy kids. He believes the best way to ensure that adults eat well is to develop an appetite for healthy foods early in life. Children, he says, will eat nutritious foods--even the vegetables--if they are cooked in such a way that they taste good. 


He served as school chef for the Calhoun School in Manhattan, NY where he also teaches at an after-school cooking club for students. Some of the most popular items at Calhoun School are steamed broccoli and rutabaga fries. Kids want their parents to serve them the same food they get at school so Chef Bobo often sends recipes home.


Latest Recipes

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Mexican Tomato Rice

Rice and beans at its best: cumin-scented, cilantro-spiked, colorful, healthful, quick, vegetarian, and only one pot to wash! Sprinkle wi...

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Rutabaga Fries

This is the dish that convinced everyone at Calhoun that "fries" don't have to be made out of potatoes or cooked in vats of oil to be fab...

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Forget thinking that tofu lacks taste. In this recipe, it's marinated overnight to soak up the most intensely delicious flavor and then r...

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I adapted this from a recipe a great Italian cook shared with me. It's a hearty one-dish meal that tastes even better if you make it a da...

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Fried Chicken

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Tarragon Tartar Sauce

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Scallops with Lemon, Garlic, and Capers

This is the recipe I'm most likely to make at home if I have guests. My friends love it because it's a medley of flavors: fresh, tart, sa...

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