This past weekend, Evan Lobel was featured in an episode about home butchering on Martha Stewart’s new show, “Martha Stewart’s Cooking School.”
The new series, which airs on PBS, “gives home cooks a culinary master class with Martha herself,” according to PBS.com. “She will demonstrate classic cooking techniques and basics. Using her signature step-by-step, how-to teaching process, Martha illustrates cooking fundamentals that everyone should know: from roasting and poaching to braising and blanching.”
We at Lobel’s wholeheartedly agree with this method of teaching about food and cooking. It’s the reason why the Recipes & Techniques section of our website and our YouTube channel feature master technique how-to instructions.
So naturally, for Martha’s segment on butchering, she called the Lobels. In the episode, Martha and Evan together show viewers how to choose and cook the best cuts of meat, as well as how to butcher a chicken, butterfly a leg of lamb, French a rack of lamb, and butcher beef and pork tenderloins.
“She actually taught me how to spatchcock a chicken, which I’d never done before,” said Evan Lobel. “It’s sort of a reverse butterfly. The great thing about working with Martha is that not only do I teach her things, but I always learn something new from her as well.”
Evan Lobel & Martha Stewart
Photo credit: Rob Tannenbaum/MSLO
Over the years, members of the Lobel family have been on Martha Stewart’s shows numerous times. About the experience of taping with Martha, Evan said, “It was great to be with her again and spend time with her. It’s always a great experience because she’s an icon. It’s always exciting to be on one of her shows.”
Being back on the set of a show with Martha brought back memories of Evan’s favorite taping with Martha, which was the show he filmed with his father, fourth-generation butcher Leon Lobel before he passed away in 2006. “In retrospect, any time I did something special like that with my dad, it’s so dear to my heart to remember being with him and working side-by-side with him.”