U.S. skating champ Boitano serves up cooking show

Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:29am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Figure skater Brian Boitano always dreamed of opening his own restaurant even while on a strict diet of salads and potatoes when he was competing.

Boitano still doesn't own a restaurant, but thousands will watch him cook in his forthcoming television show, "What Would Brian Boitano Make?" later this month.

"Still to this day, people think I have a restaurant. I never opened it because of my touring and skating schedules over the years have been tough to deal with," he said.

While athletes have served as spokesmen for food, beverages even kitchen gadgets, it is rare they are touted as chefs.

Boitano is no stranger before the camera; he even won an Emmy award for his skating role in "Carmen on Ice"

Nearly two decades later, the California native hopes his cooking show will showcase him in a different light, expanding on his skating fan-base.

"We came up with this humorous format which combines lifestyle and cooking." said the 45 year-old, who won the men's figure skating title at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Each episode features Boitano cooking in his San Francisco home for guests ranging from an all-girl roller derby team to his handyman's supper club.   Continued...

<p>Figure skater Brian Boitano prepares a dish during a cooking show in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Courtesy Food Network</p>