Get to Know Sam the Cooking Guy at “Sam LIVE!” (Giveaway)

Sam the Cooking Guy

While his millions of fans know him as “just a regular cook,” Sam “the Cooking Guy” Zien is a Today Show regular with 12 Emmys, two television series and two cookbooks to his name.  A special, one-night event, “Sam LIVE!” is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Sam the Cooking Guy.  The event is taking place February 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre in San Diego, CA.

At “Sam LIVE!”, Sam will inspire, entertain and, of course, cook while sharing the often painful, yet hilarious, story of how he went from a career in biotech to becoming one of television’s beloved cooking personalities.  Using mixed media with video, audio and photos, he’ll speak about his tumultuous ride, what it’s like to become an internet sensation and how it feels to be called Howard Stern’s “hero.”  Think Vegas meets the Food Network (if people cooked on stage in Vegas and the Food Network was actually entertaining).

Tickets:  General Seating tickets are $60 and can be purchased at A limited number of Preferred Seating tickets are available for $150 and include a pre-show meet and greet with Sam.  The event will conclude with a post-show book signing.

A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Salvation Army Kroc Center scholarship fund.  Sam continues to support Joan Kroc’s belief that given the opportunity, all children will have the chance to discover their own passion.

About Sam the Cooking Guy:  Sam the Cooking Guy may be just an everyday guy, but he has quickly become a nationally recognized star. A Today Show regular, his appearances on the popular morning program have garnered the attention of The New York Times and one appearance in particular over 700,000 views on YouTube. Honored with 12 Emmys, “Sam the Cooking Guy” airs in select markets around the country while his second show, “Just Cook This” airs on Discovery Health and Fit TV nationally. Sam’s third cookbook, Just Grill This!, will be released in early 2011.

Giveaway:  One La Jolla Mom reader will receive a pair of tickets to Sam Live! Tickets are $60/each and would include a meet and greet with Sam and several other goodies as well:

* Pre-show ‘meet and greet’ appetizer reception with Sam
* Photo and book signing opportunity
* Sam LIVE! t-shirt

To enter: Leave a comment telling me something you love about Sam.  Do you have a favorite recipe, video or have you met our local celebrity?

For bonus entries, leave a separate comment for each of these below:
1. Use green TweetMeme button or tweet this as much as you like: “Get to know Sam @thecookingguy at Sam LIVE! Win tickets from @lajollamom ”
2.  Follow Sam the Cooking Guy on Twitter – @thecookingguy
3.  Like Sam the Cooking Guy on Facebook
4.  Like La Jolla Mom on Facebook,

If you already do these things, it counts! Giveaway ends February 2, 2011 at 8pm PST and the winner will be chosen by For more information on “Sam LIVE!” please visit:

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  1. HI!! Sam the Cooking Guy once told me I had a nice smile!!

  2. I Love love love Sam! I’ve met him before, and his sense of humor is WICKED!

    my favorite thing, though, is how often he burns his mouth while cooking on the show. Just like I do at home!

    <3 Following LaJolla Mom & Sam on FB and Twitter!


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