Rob Barrett is the host and producer of Cooking for Dads.
Rob Barrett has had a strange life. At times a sculptor, a tuba player, a volleyball coach, a music pastor, a music recorder in Africa, and a commercial jingle writer, Rob now brings these experiences to his cooking show. Waiting tables through college at 4-star restaurants, he was taught accidentally by some of the greatest chefs in Rochester, NY.
His travels as a musician have exposed him to home cooking throughout the world. While living with a family in the Sudan he learned how to make sudani rice, in Pakistan he learned how make chapati, with an Ethiopian family in Kenya he learned how to roast coffee and make injera, and while staying with a family in Japan he learned how to make Shabu-shabu.
Even at a young age he was drawn to the culinary arts. When every other boy in small town Pennsylvania was in Wood Shop Rob took Home Ec.. While this might have led to some playground beatings, it was clear Rob was headed for food. Although largely self-taught, Rob doesn't shy away from gourmet cooking. From soups to sauces, Italian to Thai, Rob's cooking features influences from all over the world, and yet is accessible to most American families.
With hundreds of thousands of viewers, his videos,'Cooking for Dads' have developed a following and helped take the mystery out of cooking for men and women worldwide. Using simple techniques and understandable language, Rob's recipes have been prepared all around the world.
Cooking for Dads has been featured on the Today Show, the New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, a Barbara Walters' Special, and in many other media outlets. Rob is a frequent guest on ABC, CBS and Fox.