I like Robert Irvine. He loud, demanding, and very militaristic. But hey, thats how a lot of the people in my life are. He apparently lied a little bit on his resume when applying for his food network show Dinner Impossible. Which I love. He takes on seemingly impossible diners under very short time restraints and kitchen facilities.
His tips that you should read more about are:
1. Taste as you go
2. Learn how to cook vegetables
3. Learn your basic knife skills
4. A Blender is a cook’s best friend (personally I use a food processor)
5. Understand temperature control.