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June 2022

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ranchandcoast.com @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE JUNE 2022 75 Yes, this is a veteran weather guy doing Bobby Flay or Guy Fieri schtick. Remember: Styles is a bit of a Renaissance TV personality. Doing the weather and firing up cooking spots just scratches the surface of his résumé. ose surf reports that began on 91X in the early '80s got picked up by KPRI, KGB, and Rock 105. "Captain" Mike Ambrose then brought the blonde surfer dude into the fold on San Diego's ABC affiliate. By 1986, Styles was sitting in at Channel 10 as a weekend weather fill-in. During a ten-year freelance career at ABC, he parlayed his experience as a professional ski mogul racer into a gig as a field producer at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. For nearly 40 years, Styles has led a Walter Mitty life. He's also covered adventure travel, landscaping and gardening, and live news (five of his eight Emmys came from reporting on San Diego wildfires). "Cooking With Styles" is just one more personal hobby that's found its way onto the airwaves. e segments are shot in the Windansea home he shares with Molly Bowman-Styles. Married for 18 years, the couple have known each other their whole lives — their families lived eight blocks apart in La Mesa. eir home kitchen/cooking set was accessorized by Styles. He laid in the backsplash. Hand-painted tiles are 1980s-era Tijuana. Regular viewers have seen the kitchen background image of a woman bent over making tortillas. (Bowman-Styles whimsically named the woman Marta.) Styles credits CBS photojournalist/ producer Jon Stinebaugh with providing the behind-the-scenes magic of a three-camera shoot to capture the cooking segments. "I do prep the night before — cutting vegetables and other things viewers don't need to see," Styles says. "Jon comes in and it takes about 45 minutes to do a dish. We do each one twice." They usually shoot multiple episodes in one day. Ergo, they're often producing massive quantities of food in a short period of time. Lucky neighbors are often served the show's final products. "One neighbor recently had a stroke, and our next-door neighbor has two high school girls," Styles says. "Molly will go out and find people to give the food to." Next up: From June 19-25, Styles will be hosting a Travel & Co. cooking workshop in Provence, France. And while an international cooking show may not be in development at the moment, rest assured nothing is ever out of the question. cbs8.com/recipes "Cooking with Styles" segments are filmed in the meteorologist's backyard as well as in the kitchen

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