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Published July 02, 2012, 11:30 PM

Hungry for More: Fargo chef puts passion for food to work

While TV chefs’ so-called “easy” recipes might be fun to try, finding fresh sea bass and saffron for a zesty sauce around here can make even experienced gourmands feel like they’re in “Hell’s Kitchen.”

By: Wendy Reuer, INFORUM

While TV chefs’ so-called “easy” recipes might be fun to try, finding fresh sea bass and saffron for a zesty sauce around here can make even experienced gourmands feel like they’re in “Hell’s Kitchen.”

For Fargoan Jim Manney, cooking is just one of many passions. Like so many others, he enjoys a popular cooking show now and then.

But, he also understands that the ingredients, time and experience needed to try those TV delights are often not readily available in this area.

So when he was approached to host “Hungry for More,” a series of webisodes that show Fargo-Moorhead residents how to cook like the pros, Manney was on board.

The short webisodes, which are produced by Forum Communications and air on InForum.com every couple of weeks, include easy-to-make recipes branded by some of the best chefs of this area.

In the first episode, Manney and Forum columnist Nicole Phillips learn how to make an ordinary salad into a sassy side (or main) dish from Mike Wald, executive chef of Maxwell’s in West Fargo.

The recipes call for ingredients that can be found at any local grocery store.

Manney said the webisodes are designed to cater to all experience levels and make it easy to follow.

“We wanted to keep it short,” Manney said. “It is just enough information without it being overwhelming.”

Unlike television shows that slice an hour of prep time into a half hour show, the webisodes are easy to follow so that any working woman or doting dad pressed for time can easily set a laptop on the kitchen counter and work along with the show.

Self-proclaimed non-cook and mother of three Nicole Phillips co-hosted three of the six webisodes filmed with Manney.

“I think the idea of being able to be in your own kitchen and cook along with the chef is going to be really attractive to moms, single people, a young couple dating … anyone,” she said. “I think the possibilities are endless.”

Phillips said she also loved the idea of learning from the best chefs in Fargo-Moorhead.

But, she also found Manny to be the perfect host for “Hungry for More.”

“I love Jim. He knew coming into it I didn’t have a lot of cooking experience and he said, ‘It’s OK, you’ll have some questions I wouldn’t have.’ ” Phillips said. “Jim Manney is really the perfect host for this because he’s really funny, really personable and he really knows what’s he’s doing.”

Manney, also known as famed radio personality Jim Daniels on The Fox and voice-over expert, spent the better part of a decade in California before returning home to Fargo-Moorhead.

Manney also shows off his musical talents, writing and producing music for different productions around Fargo-Moorhead, including the music used in “Hungry for More.”

Manney said he has long had an interest in cooking, something that turned into one of many “obsessions.” Once his interest was piqued, he began to learn as much as he could about cooking of all types.

“My life can be summed up as a series of obsessions,” he jokes. “I don’t know how to do anything half way.”

Manney’s parents also owned business holdings in the food industry, and he has tossed around the idea of opening his own restaurant at times.

Manney said it’s not just cooking that he loves, but how sharing a meal can mean spending time with family and friends.

“That’s the most important thing in life,” he said.

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New episodes air the first and third Monday of the month at www.inforum.com.

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