Celebrity Chef cooks with News 4 Wake Up!

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Celebrity Chef, Johnny Ciao, didn’t start out in the kitchen, but that is where he has ended up. He’s worked for stars like Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Dolly Parton. Western New Yorkers will have the chance to watch his entertaining style of cooking during the Taste of Buffalo.


Ciao joined News 4 WakeUp! to talk about his life before cooking, his time working with celebrities, and his plans for The Taste. He showed us how he makes his version of “Corny Shrimp”.

johnny ciao corny shrimp recipe

You can watch him on stage at the Taste of Buffalo downtown on Saturday, July 11, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 12, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ciao offers an exciting blend of fabulous, healthy food, music, and never-before-heard stories of his time in the kitchens of the rich and famous. Ciao will prepare one of his signature dishes while performing along with his Culinary All-Star Band, featuring Buffalo musician Geno McManus on guitar, and other top, local musicians. Every audience member will get a sample of the dish at the end.

Ciao says he likes to cook using the rule of fives. Five minutes cook-time or less, using 5 simple ingredients.

He has a cook book for sale with recipes that use this formula. You can find out where to get it on his website.

Below is Johnny Ciao’s recipe for Corny Shrimp.

This is one of Johnny’s Under 5-10 minute, Under 5-10 Ingredient and Under 5-10 minute recipes which he invented for the Legendary Musician Carlos Santana.

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 small shallot – minced
1/2 carrot – finely diced
1/2 pound of cleaned shrimp chopped in half – (deveined and shelled)
Tarragon – a few sprigs finely chopped
1/2 cup cream corn

Heat olive oil in saute pan on medium heat. Add shallot and carrots. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until tender. Add Shrimp and tarragon. Cook for approx: 1 minute. Add cream corn and cook for another minute. Pour over rice or into a tortilla with your favorite cheese.

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