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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:

  • Nicole - January 31, 2011

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

  • busybee - January 31, 2011

    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!

  • Virginia - January 28, 2011

    Liked you on FB!

  • Virginia - January 28, 2011

    Liked Sam on Facebook

  • Virginia - January 28, 2011

    Follow @thecookingguy on Twitter

  • Virginia - January 28, 2011

    Tweeted! (@FrugaliciousMom)

  • Brant Walker - January 28, 2011

    I like Sam because he has the guts to stand up to Kathie Lee on the Today Show. Also, I like him just like the soda, because he is Clearly Canadian!

  • I’m your FB fan

  • I’m a Sam FB fan

  • I already follow Sam on Twitter

  • I’ve started watching Sam now that I’m home during the day. I like that he’s never pulled out fancy gadgets for recipes. Everything he makes I can replicate with what I have in my kitchen.

  • Dawn - January 28, 2011

    I love Sam because he appeals to my whole family since his recipes are easy and fun to watch. My 13 year old son loves to watch his show and add his own twist on Sam’s great ideas. He has really inspired my son to try to cook and to eat new things. Sam is more of an inspiration than he even knows.

  • Scott S - January 28, 2011

    I liked La Jolla Mom on Facebook.

  • Scott S - January 28, 2011

    I liked Sam the Cooking Guy on Facebook

  • Scott S - January 28, 2011

    I follow Sam the Cooking Guy on Twitter – @thecookingguy

  • Scott S - January 27, 2011

    One of my favorite recipes is the Thai Chicken Curry and also the Mexican bruschetta. So good!

  • Sarahanne - January 27, 2011

    I also like you on facebook!

  • Sarahanne - January 27, 2011

    I like Sam on Facebook.

  • Sarahanne - January 27, 2011

    I basically love everything about Sam… first saw him on Fit TV and got his dvds for Christmas. My absolute favorite thing is his Mexican bruschetta recipe. I have literally eaten it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Jenn P - January 27, 2011

    I love Sam because he makes cooking soo damn easy and fun. My cooking phobia has been cured by him and every day I can’t wait to try something new of his!

  • Virginia - January 27, 2011

    I love Watching Sam because he has a great personality. He cracks jokes, makes mistakes, and comes across as a “real” person versus other cooking shows.

  • Amy Brown - January 27, 2011

    I follow La Jolla Mom on Twitter

  • Amy Brown - January 27, 2011

    I like La Jolla Mom on FB

  • Amy Brown - January 27, 2011

    I follow La Jolla Mom on Twitter:)

  • Amy Brown - January 27, 2011

    I follow Sam on Twitter @amymariesantee

  • Amy Brown - January 27, 2011

    I like Sam on FB

  • Amy Brown - January 27, 2011

    My fav thing about Sam is he is local and real funny!!! I like knowing could run into one day!! And his meatball subs…mmm to die for!!

  • Lynn P - January 27, 2011

    I want to go! I want to go!

    Sam isn’t just witty, hipster-suave, and Canadian…he also demystifies cooking!

    I’ve checked off #1-4 on your list! :)

  • Rick - January 27, 2011

    I follow sam on facebook already.
    My favorite thing about SAM is how he totally enjoys what he is doing and cooking…. “gotta love that”

  • Kristen M. - January 27, 2011

    I already follow Sam on twitter. (@mclanek)

  • Kristen M. - January 27, 2011

    I love Sam’s no-nonsense approach to cooking. I like that he incorporates international flavors into his recipes without making them overly complicated.

  • angela - January 27, 2011

    I follow him on Facebook and now I follow you!

  • angela - January 27, 2011

    LOVE HIM!! I love that he is a normal, regular, everyday guy! I love that my dad loves him???!!??!!

  • Ruben Leon - January 27, 2011

    Why do I enjoy watching SAM? That’s simple, I used to avoid the kitchen, unless I was using the Microwave or getting something out of the fridge. Now I’m cooking almost every day. I make breakfasts and lunches and even have been recently entertaining with food in the kitchen all because this guy with glasses and a soul patch was able to simplify cooking. I totally enjoy cooking now thanks to Sam. We really want to take my Mom and Dad to see SAM LIVE next month. I recently convinced my Dad to watch a couple episodes with me. He actually liked Sam, I was kind of surprised because my Dad always has something to say about everyone, but he actually complimented SAM. If I can get my 61 year old father to cook ANYthing is possible. I hope Sam gets syndicated nationwide!

  • Daniel Printz - January 27, 2011

    I like that Sam seems like a normal person; he’s not all “styled-up’ like the Food Network folks tend to be!

  • Suzette - January 27, 2011

    I follow La Jolla Mom on Twitter:)

  • Suzette - January 27, 2011

    I love Sam The Cooking Guy’s no-nonsense approach to cooking. His recent segment about cooking with a hot plate while remodeling the kitchen was great. Made me think I could dispense with all those Calphalon pots and pans I spend so much money on!

  • Sugar Jones - January 27, 2011

    I LOVE Sam. I wasn’t there when he did the whole “pipe down” thing, but if I would have, I might have blushed that he noticed me. LOL

    I’m already a Twitter follower, and I also already “Like” both your pages. He’s one of my on-line heroes. He’sturned something so simple into a mini-media empire. That’s what I hope to do.

    Retweeting now!!!

  • Mommyof2Girlz/Steph - January 27, 2011

    I am a fan of yours on FB

  • Mommyof2Girlz/Steph - January 27, 2011

    I am a Fan of Sam’s on FB

  • Mommyof2Girlz/Steph - January 27, 2011

    I follow Sam on Twitter

  • Suzette - January 27, 2011

    I tweeted this out

  • Mommyof2Girlz/Steph - January 27, 2011

    What is there not to love about Sam! He’s hilarious makes incredible food and makes wanting to cook fun!

  • Suzette - January 27, 2011

    I Like you and Sam on Facebook.

  • Suzette - January 27, 2011

    I already follow Sam on Twitter

  • Jonathan Asch - January 27, 2011

    I think that there’s nothing funnier than watching Sam eat stuff that has just come out of the oven or the pan and is 1000 degrees. He just can’t resist his own cooking!

  • CJ Lucke - January 27, 2011

    I love Sam because he will give you shortcuts like his “Fake Brulee” that uses off-the-shelf pudding for the custard.

  • Jennifer - January 27, 2011

    I love that Sam makes something that looks fancy with simple ingredients. I liked Sam’s chocolate log recipe made with chocolate store bought wafers and whipped cream.

  • JenniferfromLaJolla - January 27, 2011

    I have to admit that I kind of enjoyed it when Sam told Kathy Lee Gifford to stop interrupting him. I am surprised that he is still allowed on the Today Show–tense few minutes there.

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