Local TV host Liam Mayclem began his media career in the U.K. as a teenager working for BBC Radio. He's returning to his radio roots for "Foodie Chap," a new chef-oriented feature airing daily, short segments between 6-7 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., on KCBS (740 AM and 106.9 FM). A companion website, FoodieChap.com, launches on Monday along with Mayclem's radio spots. [Update, Jan. 17: The site FoodieChap.com is now scheduled to go live Wed., Jan. 19.]
In his reporting role as host of CBS5's Eye on the Bay, Mayclem often gets to cook with and explore the food of some great local chefs. But he found that some of the best bits happen when the cameras are off, and never make it to broadcast. Mayclem says it's those moments that have inspired his new venture.
The "Foodie Chap" radio segment will pose quick but revealing questions to chefs. Mayclem leads with Pipérade's Gerald Hirigoyen, and has upcoming features with the likes of Jamie Oliver, Marcus Samuelsson, Tyler Florence, and Hubert Keller.
"I began my career on the radio in England in 1987 reading cricket scores to an audience of cows and sheep," says Mayclem, "so this is a bit of a homecoming for me. However, I love food and chefs a load more than cricket."