David Rosengarten

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David Rosengarten
Born (1950-01-25) January 25, 1950 (age 69)
Alma materColgate University
Cornell University
OccupationChef, food writer, television and on-line personality
Spouse(s)Constance Childs (married since 1983)
ChildrenAndrea, Sarah (daughters, dates of birth unknown)
Bjorn Rosengarten-Bowser (son, date of birth unknown)
WebsiteOfficial website

David Rosengarten (born January 25, 1950) is an American chef, author and television personality, who hosted or co-hosted more than 2500 television shows on the Food Network from 1994 to 2001.[1]

Known personal life[edit]

Rosengarten was born in New York City [2] to Leonard Rosengarten, a garment industry executive, and the former Lorraine Stein. He married Constance Childs on October 15, 1983 in a wedding catered by a then-unknown Martha Stewart. He has three children. His two daughters, Andrea and Sarah, appeared frequently on Rosengarten's Food Network cooking show, which he called Taste.[2] His son, Bjorn Rosengarten-Bowser, has appeared on Martha Stewart's collaborative "Emeril's Table" cooking show.


Rosengarten attended Colgate University[3] where he earned a B.A. in 1971,[2] holds a doctorate in dramatic literature from Cornell University (1980),[2] and was an assistant professor of theater at Skidmore College.[4]


Rosengarten was a contributing editor for Gourmet Magazine from 1995 to 1999, and was that magazine's New York restaurant critic. He published articles in several US newspapers including The New York Times, the New York Daily News, and the New York Observer, and he was the weekly wine columnist of Newsday.[5]

Other magazines and web sites for whom he has written include Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Harper’s Bazaar, Departures, The Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits, and The Wine Enthusiast; currently, he writes for Saveur, the Huffington Post, and Forbes.

From 2001 to 2007, Rosengarten wrote and published The Rosengarten Report, which in 2003 won a James Beard award for "best food and wine newsletter." At its height, The Rosengarten Report had 50,000 paid subscribers.


  • David Rosengarten Entertains: Fabulous Parties for Food Lovers (with Joshua Wesson) (2004) Wiley ISBN 0-471-46198-9
  • The Dean & DeLuca Cookbook (1996), Random House ISBN 0-679-77003-8
  • It's All American Food: The Best Recipes for More Than 400 New American Classics (2003) Little, Brown and Company ISBN 0-316-05315-5.
  • Red Wine with Fish: The New Art of Matching Wine with Food (with Joshua Wesson) (1989), Simon & Schuster ISBN 0-671-66208-2
  • Taste: One Palate's Journey through the World's Greatest Dishes (1998), Television Food Network, Random House ISBN 0-375-75265-X

The book is divided into five chapters:

Chapter one: My favorite light appetizers.
oysters, caviar, bruschetta, cold Chinese appetizers, gazpacho, guacamole, vegetables à la grecque, Thai salads, ceviche
Chapter two: My favorite in-between dishes.
dried pasta dishes, orecchiette, risotto, French onion soup, Catalan lobster and chicken soup, Thai chicken soup with coconut milk, gumbo, quesadillas, quiche, oeufs en meurette, jambon persillé, bisteeya, Vietnamese summe rolls
Chapter three: My favorite main courses.
soft-shell crabs, Szechuan shrimp with chili and garlic sauce, crab cakes, Dover sole, Singapore chili crab, paella, moussaka, choucroute garnie, boeuf bourguignon, jerked chicken, "alla francese" dishes, barbecued ribs
Chapter four: My favorite desserts.
fruit salads, fruit soups, fruit tarts, tarte Tatin, apple pie, iced fruit desserts: granitas, sorbets, and sherbets, chocolate chip cookies, molten chocolate cake, tiramisù, crème brûlée, pecan pie, pumpkin pie
Chapter five: Wine ... and other good things to drink.
matching wine with food, twelve wines I always rely on, a few other wines, beer, brandy, other spirits, coffee, tea, bottle
Afterword: How to Get the Most out of Your Gastronomic Travel

In her foreword to this book, the onetime president and chief executive officer of the Food Network, Erica Gruen, wrote:

"Taste was the very first in-house production of Food Network and is now our most popular show. For Food Network, it all started with Taste. We are proud to have produced David's show from the start and to share with the world his insights, humor, and joie de vivre."


Rosengarten's first hosting opportunity on the US channel Food Network was Food News & Views.[6] He then created and hosted the program Taste, which premiered in February 1994[7] and ran for eight years on the Food Network, and co-hosted In Food Today with Donna Hanover, ex-wife of Rudolph Giuliani. He has also appeared frequently on NBC's Today show.[8]

Entertainment Weekly had the following to say about Taste:

"Call it culinary voyeurism, but Taste is a cooking show even take-out addicts will find enthralling. David Rosengarten's orgasmic ruminations on 'lobster synergy' and the textural differences between Lebanese and Portuguese pine nuts will give 'bring to a boil' a whole new meaning."[9]

In the middle of 2012, Rosengarten began creating new, original content for a YouTube channel he named RosengartenTV.[10]


Since October 2006, Rosengarten has been organizing and hosting food tours in regions as varied as the Mediterranean,[11] India[12] and Iceland.[13]


  1. ^ "About David Rosengarten". davidrosengarten.com. Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  2. ^ a b c d Contemporary Authors Online (2004) Gale (Cengage)
  3. ^ "Cook's Tour--David Rosengarten". Cooking Light magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  4. ^ "Biography of David Rosengarten" (PDF). Joseph H. Conlin Travel Management. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  5. ^ "Featured Chef". vealstore.com. Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  6. ^ "Professor Food". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 2000-10-04. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  7. ^ Taste: One Palate's Journey through the World's Greatest Dishes (1998), Random House
  8. ^ "David Rosengarten - Global Gourmet". Mostly Food Journal. Archived from the original on 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  9. ^ Entertainment Weekly
  10. ^ "RosengartenTV". YouTube. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Food and Wine Lovers' Mediterranean Odyssey" (PDF). Joseph H. Conlin Travel Management. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  12. ^ "India of the Maharajas" (PDF). Joseph H. Conlin Travel Management. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  13. ^ "Valentine's Day Quickie in Iceland". Joseph H. Conlin Travel Management. Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-08.

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