Dude Cooking Food is a how-to cooking show, focusing on simple recipes with basic ingredients; Dishes that anyone can make. All the crazy characters that Dean portrays make for a wildly entertaining, yet educational adventure.
C Constantly looking for a creative outlet to express their wacky and crazy ideas, web designer / home chef Dean Karadimas teamed up with videographer / director Brent Veverka in 2010 and started the film production company Life Color Media.
After shooting a viral music video and few local commercials, both Dean and Brent still wanted something more. Working for other clients, they weren’t able to express THEIR own ideas and creativity. They wanted more consistent audience, one they could introduce a main character and a solid plot line, yet still have the ability to surprise the viewers each and every episode.
In the winter of 2011, after many hours of brainstorming, Dean got hungry and decided to make guacamole, Brent started filming, the first episode of Dude Cooking Food was born.
Things started picking up fast once Life Color Media embraced this culinary vehicle & started to publish all of their lingering creativity. Within the first few episodes, the web show started getting feedback from big names in the food industry, including Iron Chef Michael Symon & Food Network Star Chris Hodgson. When these comments started rolling in, Dean knew they had struck gold.
A few months later in Fall 2012, Dean received a call from a casting producer from Fox. They said a reality cooking show was holding auditions in Cleveland, and they wanted to offer him a VIP audition. Due to this new found confidence in the kitchen, Dean decided to try out. Things went great and Dean was invited to Los Angeles, along with 99 others, to compete for a spot on Season 4 of Fox’s MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay.
In the first two episodes of MasterChef, each contestant is given 60 minutes to prepare their signature dish for the three judges. If a judge likes their dish and wants a contestant to move on, they give the contestant a yes. Two yeses and the contestant advances to the next round, three yeses and they’ve really got talent. Dean had to sit idly by during the first episode while 50 of his peers competed for an apron. He was finally given his chance to prepare his signature dish on the second episode of MasterChef. Dean wowed the judges with his signature dish of ‘Panko Crusted Pork Chops, Swiss Chard, Flambéed Shiitake Mushrooms & Garlic Cream Sauce.’
Gordon Ramsay was the first to taste Dean’s dish. “The taste is exquisite. The plating is exquisite. Yes. A definite yes” -Gordon Ramsay. Next up, “This dish is Modern American. I want to finish this whole dish! Yes!” -Graham Elliot. Finally the toughest judge said “This pork chop is cooked PERFECTLY. Yes. I have 100% confidence in you.” -Joe Bastianach. Dean scored three yeses from the judges in the first round, sending him to the third episode, where 40 contestants who received aprons would be reduced down to only 20.
The third episode hosted a mystery challenge. Each contestant must use any cut from a lamb in their own dish. Even though Dean is agreed and cooks lamb often, he didn’t win the judges over this round and was eliminated just before the top 18.
After returning from LA in Spring 2013, Dean realized he wasn’t 100% satisfied with the first season of a Dude Cooking Food, his performance on MasterChef or the lamb dish that got him eliminated. Dean knew he needed step things up with a more modern set for the next season of Dude Cooking Food. Long time friend and mentor of Dean’s, David Frame, offered his personal kitchen as the new studio kitchen. The Dude Cooking Food crew accepted and started writing season 2. Dean decided they would kick off the new and improved Season 2 by filming a ‘rebuttal’ episode, featured his own favorite lamb dish.
Shortly after premiering season 2 of Dude Cooking Food, Dean started getting calls from casting producers with major networks, asking him to audition for other cooking competitions. Due to his personality, Dean didn’t want to compete on another vicious cooking competition. He believes cooking should be fun and joyful. He feels that cooking is a way to spread love and joy, and shouldn’t be filled with cut throat cooks.
In the fall of 2013 Dean received a call from Food Network. They wanted him to compete on a brand new show called “ReWrapped” hosted by Joey Fatone of N*SYNC and judged by legendary Marc Summers. ReWrapped is different from other cooking shows, it’s fun, energetic and light hearted. This show has chefs recreate iconic snack foods then use those snacks as a key ingredient in a gourmet dish.
Cleveland’s own Dude Cooking Food, Dean Karadimas will be competing on the Food Network series premier of ReWrapped on Monday, April 21st at 8. He will be hosting a premier party at Liquid on West 6th in Downtown Cleveland. Starting at 7pm, come celebrate with Dean as he serves small plates of his ‘Cheddar Goldfish Dish’ recreation that he made on the show, enjoy specialty drink prices, giveaways from World of Beer Lakewood, Founder’s Brewery & Shinto Strongsville.
A few more Season 2 Episodes of Dude Cooking Food will start rolling out around Fall 2014. Also make sure you keep an eye out for Dean on yet another cooking competition in Spring 2015… Keep cooking food dude!
"The taste is exquisite; The plating is exquisite ... Yes! A definite yes!"
"It reminds me of Bitchin' Kitchen! You're a natural on camera & I love the show!"
"This is New American & I want to finish the whole dish!"
"This pork chop is cooked perfectly... I have 100% confidence in you."
The Dude Cooking Food team is composed of young, creative professionals. Each individual, no matter what their speciality, is an expert in their field. Every episode, our diverse team joins together to bring you cutting edge entertainment. We all love what we do and of course, we all have a love for food!
Culinary, Editor, Marketing, Web, Writer
Director, Editor, Film Crew, Web, Writer
Executive Producer, Marketing