Chef Susan Feniger: One Hot Tamale

Apr 17th, 2013 | By | Category: blog, daily tips
Chef Susan Feniger

Chef Susan Feniger

Susan Feniger’s passion for food has propelled her into a three-decade career as a successful chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and media darling, with the Los Angeles Times recently saying, “She deserves an Emmy for energy.” She spends most days dividing her time between her first solo venture, Susan Feniger’s STREET, and the Border Grill restaurants in Santa Monica, Downtown LA, and Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, as well as the Border Grill Truck–all co-owned with Chef Mary Sue Milliken.

Feniger is a veteran of nearly 400 episodes of Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales” and “Tamales World Tour” series along with Milliken, she  has also appeared on season two of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” “The Today Show,” “Chef vs. City,” and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” as well as in print for magazines such as Gourmet, Sunset, Bon Appétit and O, The Oprah Magazine. Feniger has co-authored five cookbooks including City Cuisine, Mesa Mexicana and Cooking with Too Hot Tamales with Milliken, as well as her most recent solo endeavor, set for release in July of 2012, Susan Feniger’s STREET: irresistibly crispy, creamy, crunchy, spicy, sticky, sweet recipes.


Chef Susan Feniger  is coming to Austin to teach a class Friday, April 26 as part of Central Market’s Passporte Brasil promotion, beginning April 24 and running through May 7, 2013.

She’s also going to be in town for the Austin Food & Wine Festival April 26 – 28, 2013.

If you live in Central Texas (or will be here on that day), you can enter to win a seat in her Central Market class (there’s a waiting list), which comes with a copy of her book: Susan Feniger’s STREET: irresistibly crispy, creamy, crunchy, spicy, sticky, sweet recipes.

Listen to our interview and then in the comment section tell me what Chef Feniger’s favorite late night snack is when she is at home (Hint: it’s about 5 minutes into the interview). You have to use her exact wording to describe the food.

Contest closes April 24, 2013 at 6 p.m. CDT. THE CONTEST HAS ENDED

One winner will be randomly selected from all of the correct answers. Must be 21 years old to enter. Prize is non-transferable. May not be exchanged for cash. You will receive the book ONLY if you attend the class. Must provide a valid email address where you can be reached. Winner must reply to winner notification email from producer within 24 hours from when it was sent to claim their prize. Producer not responsible if notification ends up in winner’s SPAM folder, and winner does not respond in time.  Good Luck!

One Hot Tamale, acting oh, so cool

One Hot Tamale, acting oh, so cool

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  1. Chef Feniger’s favorite late night snack is a “big bowl of salted popcorn”. Thanks.

  2. Her favorite late night snack when she’s home is “a big bowl of salted popcorn.”

    Would LOVE to join you for her class!


  3. Susan loves a big bowl of salted popcorn. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. I have been in love with Susan Feniger’s food, philosophy, energy for years!!! She helped me become more excited about cooking. So excited she’ll be here! She’s a food goddess !!

  5. She is tremendous, that’s for sure, Linda. If you are entering to win a seat in the Central market Class, you will need to answer the question: what is Susan’s favorite late night snack.

  6. A big bowl of salted popcorn. One of my favorites too, so long as it’s drenched in melted butter!

  7. Oh Man, her enthusiasm is making my mouth water just listening!

    Her favorite late night snack is:

    a big bowl of salted popcorn