Rogel Alpher with celebrity chef Jamie Geller – Journeys.
How did celebrity chef Jamie Geller go from being a non-religious TV producer who could barely hold a knife to starting up the Kosher Media Network and becoming the Jewish world’s most renowned food writer?
Geller, a mother of five, is one of the leading Kosher food writers in the world. She runs her company, Kosher Media Network, from her home in the outskirts of Jerusalem.
But a mere 15 years ago her life was far, far away, in more than one sense: she was a young, single, non-religious woman living in New York City and working as a producer for CNN’s “Showbiz Today.” When her mother advised her to start attending a weekly Jewish studies course so that she could meet “a nice Jewish boy,” she wasn’t too excited.
Geller finally agreed to do it, but instead of finding a life partner she found Judaism, and not only that, it was Judaism in its Orthodox form. She quit her job and moved to Israel, but barely a month later she received an offer to work as a producer for HBO. Geller got on a plane back to the US, and resumed her career in the media.
In an interview with Rogel Alpher, she talks about why she refused an offer to be the executive producer of “The Sopranos,” and about her journey from being a young bride who could barely hold a knife to becoming the Jewish world’s most renowned food writer.
Listen to the interview here