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@ranchandcoast ranchandcoast.com 74 JUNE 2022 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE Indulge dining Sunny with a Chance of Shrimp Scampi Shawn Styles has fashioned a long career out of broadcasting his hobbies over the airwaves BY RON DONOHO | PHOTOGRAPHY BY VINCENT KNAKAL M ETEOROLOGIST SHAWN Styles is reflecting on an unlikely, 38-year career in broadcasting. He mentions the Talking Heads' quasi- existential, art-pop song "Once in a Lifetime." You know the lyrics: "And you may find yourself in a beautiful house / With a beautiful wife / and you may ask yourself, well / How did I get here?" How, indeed. Born in La Mesa and raised atop a surfboard in the waves off La Jolla, Styles is a San Diego radio and television OG. Original Gangsta. Old Guard. He got his on-air start way back in 1983 doing surf reports during the original run of 91X radio. ere's been so much water under his board since then. His most recent foray into self-styled broadcast reportage is "Cooking with Styles," a weekly food segment on CBS News 8's afternoon news/lifestyle show called e Four. An AMS-certified meteorologist, Styles has been doing weather reporting on Channel 8 (KFMB) for a stupefying 25-plus years. Don't strain your brain trying to name a TV newsie with longer local tenure. He'd done "Grilling with Styles" segments a couple times a year for 15 years. "Usually for Memorial Day and Labor Day," Styles says. "We needed content for e Four, so now I do a new recipe for that show every week." He says the shrimp scampi and other dishes in these four-minute weekly segments are "casually elegant." He draws on years of experience helping his parents cook dinner. And, from 18 years spent as an observant server in high-end restaurants in San Diego and Park City, Utah. "I lean on Mediterranean style — Italian and French — but with local ingredients," he says. "I have classic training, but these recipes are approachable. You don't have to shop at a specialty store. I deconstruct an elaborate recipe so Joe or Jane Average can do it." Shawn Styles in his Windansea kitchen

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