While every family has its favorite holiday dishes, something new and different is always welcome at this year’s family feast. In effort to increase diabetes awareness, Diabetes Self-Management asked four talented chefs—some of whom you may recognize from their TV shows—to share healthy and tasty recipes. Top chefs Anne Burrell, Rocco DiSpirito, Charles Mattocks and Jennifer Stack, offer tips to brine a turkey, a recipe with Jamaican flare, an Italian-inspired dish and more—straight from their kitchens to yours.
With her rock-star-like personality, Anne Burrell has used her celebrity chef status to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes research in honor of her nephew, who was diagnosed at an early age. She supports the diabetes community as an ambassador for JDRF through charity events and social media. Interested in food and cooking at an early age, Burrell started her culinary career in New York City, working at some of the top restaurants, including Lidia Bastianich’s award-winning Italian restaurant Felidia. Burrell, author of several best-selling cookbooks, is currently the host of three Food Network shows: Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, Chef Wanted and Worst Cooks in America. In 2017, she opened her first restaurant—Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge—with her long-time friend Phil Casaceli in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. Burrell says the holiday season is a treasured time of the year. In honor of the upcoming holiday feast, Burrell shares her favorite Big Brined Herby Turkey recipe.