It was a banner 2010 for 13-year-old Edmondite Greyson Chance, whose piano-pop skills were thrust into the spotlight via a school performance that caught fire on YouTube.
Lane Whitesell’s home town is Muscatine, Iowa. A single guy, he is an instructor in the chemistry department at the University of Central Oklahoma. Most people know him as the librarian and opera host at KCSC 90.1, broadcasting from the radio station on the Edmond campus.
A professional chef, too: “Yes, but I left that profession, went back to college and I have now been teaching for 19 years. I also cater wedding receptions and do parties, but I don’t look for jobs.”
Cheffed at: “Several, including Christopher’s and at Barry Switzer’s favorite, (the former) Pete’s Steak House and I taught cooking at Texas A&M.”
Your steady diet consists of: “Mostly fowl, but I have a freezer full of buffalo, venison and good and bad sausage.”
Good cook: “My friends say so — I will find something at the supermarket and call my friends (up to eight) and tell them I need to cook.”
Famous person you look like: “Nobody famous, but I have two ‘twins’ in Oklahoma City, and we don’t look like anybody else than one another.”
Relaxation time: “I do my share of reading, and I am waiting for the next David Weber set of science fiction, volume 5.”
All-time favorite cookbook: “Larousse Gastronomic, which assumes you know all the techniques in its recipes.”
Would love to have met: “Julia Child.”
Best-liked recipe: “Chicken Nordic, with boned and stuffed chicken pieces wrapped in ham and finished with white wine and the pan drippings. But you can’t beat a good prime rib.”
Would never eat: “Deep fried insects.”
Come back as: “A 6-foot, 7-inch bass with a rolling voice.”
Most treasured possession: “My (many) autographs of famous opera singers from Joan Sutherland, Jeanette MacDonald to Pavarotti. I’ve gone to Santa Fe and Munich for opera.”
Get your creativity boost from: “Gardening and revolting against celebrity cookbooks, which are not-for-real cookbooks.”
No kitchen should ever be without: “Butter!”