by Amy Crocker
Before now, the closest figure skating and cuisine had come together was when the blade of a skate served as a makeshift knife the 2000 Tom Hanks movie Castaway. Well, they’ve just got a little bit closer.
This month, figure skater Brian Boitano will star in his own cooking show on the Food Network. Boitano, who won a gold medal in figure skating at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, is perhaps just as widely known for the song "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" from the South Park movie as he is for his triple lutz. His show, What Would Brian Boitano Make? premieres on August 23. Boitano, who lives in San Francisco, spoke with SFist about the city, his new show, and how to get 20 women over to your house.
SFist: You spent so much time training for the Olympics and you still skate today, when did you have time to develop any interest in cooking?
Brian Boitano: It started after my Olympic stuff. After I bought my first house when I was 24 I would have a group of friends that came over and we would all cook together pretty much every night for dinner.