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Michael Ruhlman serves as one of the judges in Food Network's culinary reality competition series "Kitchen Inferno." He also has been a judge for "Iron Chef America."

After graduating from Duke University and stints in journalism and odd jobs, Michael Ruhlman — a devoted amateur cook since fourth grade — proposed to the Culinary Institute of America, the oldest and most influential professional cooking school in the country, that he be allowed into its kitchen classrooms in order to write a narrative of how the school trains professional chefs. The school agreed, and he wrote "The Making of a Chef" (1997).

Ruhlman became so fascinated by the work of the professional cook and the culture of the restaurant kitchen that he continued to pursue the work, punching a clock briefly as a line cook, then writing a book about chefs and cooking, "The Soul of a Chef" (2000). He co-wrote "The French Laundry Cookbook" (2000) with Thomas Keller at the same time, and they subsequently wrote a food column for the Los Angeles Times for two years and, more recently, "Bouchon," a book about perfecting French bistro cuisine. Ruhlman also wrote "A Return to Cooking" (2002) with Eric Ripert, chef-owner of Le Bernardin, the Manhattan four-star restaurant.

Ruhlman continues to live in Cleveland and is currently working on a cookbook with Brian Polcyn on charcuterie for the home cook — a love song to the pig, to animal fat, and to salt, sausages, confits, patés, and terrines.

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Where does Michael Ruhlman live? Find out here.

Current Residence: Cleveland, OH

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