John Besh

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Chef John BeshA new food-TV show debuts tonight that I'm looking forward to watching. Last week, before John Besh took off for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, I got to speak with the F&W Best New Chef 1999 about his new series, Inedible to Incredible, which premieres tonight on TLC. Besh modestly insists that the episodes are so good because they're not about him: They're about the people he teaches how to cook. "I walked away from each episode feeling like I’d made a difference," he says. Modeled on another TLC show, What Not To Wear, the new show features the former Marine and chef/owner of several of New Orleans's best restaurants staging interventions with flailing home cooks—and getting delicious results. In tonight's episode, he meets a woman who garnishes overcooked flank steak with Fig Newtons. Besh teaches her how to cook a steak to medium-rare, then shows her an easy fig glaze. "I’ve heard from her several times since," he said. "She's moved on to different steaks and glazes. Something clicked, and she got it."

Indedible to Incredible premieres tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on TLC.

Here, incredible John Besh recipes from the F&W archives.