Les Kincaid was born in Dayton, Ohio and moved to California at age 12 to spend the summer with his father and stepmother. He shortly discovered a passion for food because of his step-grandfather (who was an executive chef-retired). Started cooking for the summer visit and by September 1st was preparing three meals a day. His family moved to San Francisco and was hired for his first culinary job at 14. Because of his love of food he has been cooking most every day since.
Les has been teaching cooking and wine appreciation classes at UNLV Continuing Education Division of Educational Outreach for well over twenty years and consulting to restaurants and hotels all over the west from west Texas to Oregon since 1983. He also taught cooking classes at the Clark County Community College for several years, and school politics forced him to quit there. Politics is not part of his personality. In addition he teaches classes and workshops sometimes at the Art Institute of Las Vegas culinary school, Fergusons Showroom store, Total Wine & More stores in the Las Vegas area and Whole Foods.
Les has penned several cookbooks and the latest is titled "Never Trust A Skinny Chef". Les started broadcasting in Las Vegas with a radio program called "Les Kincaid's Lifestyles Las Vegas" in January 2000. The show emanated from Charlie Palmer's Aureole Las Vegas restaurant "LIVE" in Mandalay Bay Hotel/Casino. This show ran from noon to 1:30 p.m. (Pacific each Saturday). After one year the show went nationally syndicated into over 26 million households. In September of 2000 he started a unique wine show (Les' Wines & Vines). This is America's first food and wine show that has an invited guest audience and tastes wines and food during the show while interviewing the winery owner, winemaker, wine writer, sommelier or master sommelier. It is currently nationally syndicated over two networks and six internet outlets every Thursday evening from 7:00-8:00 p.m. “LIVE”. In October 2011 he decided to re-brand this show and changed the name to Wines Du Jour. The second network Global American Broadcasting and this helped the ratings and they feel very confident that this show will be around for several years to come. There are a few more projects in the mill at this time and we will be happy to share them with you as they develop, including some things from Baja California, Mexico.
Les has included in this website many user-friendly recipes and some common sense advice throughout these many pages. Having traveled across the country to help everyday people with their cooking challenges, he has developed a unique perspective on how Americans like to eat and cook today. Les is certainly a champion for uncomplicated recipes, bright flavors and fresh food, which he deeply believes is the type of cooking that, comes from a "real kitchen" - a place dedicated to culinary honesty. Les has received acclaim from the national and international culinary community for his creativity and dedication to the art of cooking.
Chef, Wineau and professional bon vivant Les Kincaid is one of today's most imaginative food personalities. Whether he is lecturing a visiting convention in Las Vegas, or concocting new recipes in his own kitchen, Kincaid transforms common ingredients into wow-inspiring dishes. His artful approach to cooking, confidence-inspiring instructions, and contagious enthusiasm have endeared him to a loyal following that tune in to his weekly show, frequent his wine or cooking classes and appearances, and collect his books. One of today's most imaginative food personalities, Kincaid is the author of numerous cookbooks including Never Trust A Skinny Chef II inspired recipes for adventurous cooks, and his popular nationally syndicated radio shows
Here's some food for thought. More enthusiastic wine drinkers tune in weekly to CRN Radio Network or Global American Broadcasting Network, or on six internet outlets and the audience is always growing. That's target marketing with pinpoint accuracy for advertisers aiming for the upscale consumer. The 60-minute food and wine show is occasionally on the road going on location to connect with wine and food lovers at special events such as the 2004 World Pastry Competition, Reno/Tahoe Food, Wine & Jazz Festival at the Reno Hilton, Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival in Sonoma and at the Grand Del Mar Resort in southern California, and several Four Seasons Hotels, among others. The weekly radio show is integrated with a dynamic personal website (which you are on right now) to give wine and food lovers an interactive experience. For businesses targeting active consumers with an upscale lifestyle, the recipe for success is as easy as pie. Just include Wines Du Jour as an essential ingredient.
With a passion for enjoying good food and wine, Tammy Kincaid has served as Marketing Director for Wines Du Jour show for over the past 14 years. Her love for travel and all things “spa” lead her to create her own website in early 2011 called Spa Expectations. Through this website she was able to focus on upscale spa and travel destinations, spa specials and notable events, and the latest updates on beauty happenings. She enjoys discovering and visiting new spas, photography, and experiencing new travel opportunities with her husband Les Kincaid. Tammy has created a loyal following to search out her writings in publications and updates to her website which is now part of www.leskincaid.com.