Rob Barrett

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.

Articles & Recipes by Rob Barrett

  • Asian Omelet - recipe

    Asian Omelet


    Soy sauce, rice vinegar and sugar add unique flavors to a morning classic. Continue reading

  • Kabobs with Peanut Sauce - Circulon recipe

    Steak Kabobs with Peanut Sauce


    These are an American take on an Asian favorite. The peanut sauce is a must-make, must-have, must-use. Continue reading

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    Maryland Crab Cakes


    Every year during the summer my family rents a house on the North Carolina Shore. My job every year is to make these crab cakes. Nothing like fresh crab and fun family vacations. You can use bread crumbs instead of the Ritz Crackers but I like the Paula Dean influence the crackers add. You can also use low fat mayonnaise, you won’t really notice a difference.
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  • Avocado Encrusted Chicken Sandwich with Beer Flatbread

    Avocado Encrusted Chicken Sandwich with Beer Flatbread


    Quick flatbread and tasty chicken make this sandwich a keeper. Continue reading

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    Game Day Onion Rings and Dip


    This dip has been one of our favorites for many years. It works well for almost any party and you can keep the ingredients on hand for last minute teen get-togethers. The onion rings are better the thinner you slice the onion. We use a mandolin and make really small shoestring ones. They are a special treat. Continue reading

  • Quick and Easy Chicken Parmesan

    Quick and Easy Chicken Parmesan


    Chicken Parmesan doesn’t need to be complicated. This easy version takes just minutes, has only 180 calories and tastes great. Continue reading

  • Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

    Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes


    Whether for Easter or just a happy Wednesday, these potatoes are a great side for ham, chicken or beef. Continue reading

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