From NOLA to NYC Miramar Beach's Robert Medina to make TV debut on the Rachael Ray Show

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Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 05:22 PM.

Miramar Beach 's Robert Medina got the biggest break of his second career last month when he filmed a segment on the Rachael Ray Show, which will air Dec. 30.

Cooking since he was five, the New Orleans native grew up in the kitchen.

"My grandma used to stand me on the chair so I could reach the counter," he said. "Born and raised in New Orleans , we made a lot of Creole and Cajun dishes — red beans and rice, gumbo."

As a New Orleans firefighter, Medina put his skills to use at the fire station feeding the crew. He also picked up a few recipes too.

"Cooking at the fire station taught me that there's more than one way to make anything," he said. "I learned a lot from the old guys — and now I'm the old guy. Everybody has their own family recipes and over time I took the best from the best and re-invented it as my own."

In retirement, Medina recorded 187 recipes in a 300-plus page cookbook fittingly titled "If You Can’t Stand the Heat… A New Orleans Firefighters Cookbook." He's currently working on a second cookbook featuring 100 new recipes.

Following his first cookbook, Medina began selling his own concoction of Creole spices, New Orleans Original Firehouse Flashover Creole Seasoning.

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