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Culinary Delight

May 14, 2007 12:00 AM

As a three-peat winner in the James Beard Broadcast Media Awards, Martha Teichner knows there's more than one thrill attached to earning the heavy gold medal attached to a big red grosgrain ribbon for her work seen on "CBS Sunday Morning."

There's the obvious thrill of being told that your food reporting for TV was better than all the other entries. (But then, who else followed the year-long search for the perfect turkey and the perfect setting for Gourmet magazine's Thanksgiving cover, or was ahead of the curve about the collapse of the beehive nation, or sampled the fare at a London restaurant that specializes in "nose-to-tail" dining? And that's just for this year's award.) And there's also the gustatory reward befitting a medal that honors the late, great chef.

"The dinner is very good," Ms. Teichner said of this year's winners fete, held May 6 in New York, where the bill of fare included salad followed by a salmon and salmon-roe dish, then Wagyu beef and finally two desserts.

Sounds like almost any night in the Teichner kitchen, when she cooks for relaxation and her two bull terriers catch the inevitable scraps. They have no favorites, she said. "They're omnivores."

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