The Baltimore Sun - July 3, 2003 - Sec: Howard - By: Sandy Alexander
Cook: A Columbia man, 22, hopes his cable access show for young people is a simmering success. Five young men in baggy shorts and flip-flops crowded around Erik "Egg" Berlin in a small College Park kitchen learning the secretes to preparing really tender chicken wings. "You need a spatula in your hand, dawg," said Chris Constantino, as he shot a scene with a video camera. The men in the kitchen Monday night - all members of the hip-hop band Written Prisms- are friends of Berlin's from there college years in Salisbury. They were helping him tape an episode of his cable access show, Cooking with Egg, a title that uses a nickname Berlin has had since childhood. Berlin hopes the show, a how to for the college crowd that he plans to air this fall on Howard County's Cable Access Channel 73, will entertain and inform viewers. He would also like the program to help make him a nationwide star. "Within five years, this should be on national TV," said Berlin, 22, who started producing Cooking with Egg on cable access in Salisbury last year.
The Howard County Times - November 6, 2003 - Sec: Go! Food & Wine. - By: Donna Ellis
His web address is cookingwithegg.com. Funny how often your eyes see what you tell them to see. It took an in-person interview to for me to understand that Erik Berlin does not really specialize in cooking eggs. Rather, "Egg" is his nickname, as he was dubbed by his boyhood friends. He doesn't actually tell you how he came by that name only that his friends are a bit crazy. The Columbia-born-and-raised Berlin isn't all that far from boyhood himself. Just 23, a graduate of Anne Arundle Community College and University of Maryland. When you major in hotel and restaurant management, you also get a lot of cooking classes. While Berlin says his first love is music (he plays the drums), his focus- since he was14, - really is cooking, which we foodies all know is as much an art as is music. Thus , in pursuit of culinary art, he's worked both front and back of the house at such varied venues as Merriweather Post Pavilion, Kings Contrivance restaurant and the former Ricciutti' in Hickory Ridge. These days, to pay for his culinary "habit"- more on that later- Berlin works as a substitute teacher in Howard County, often doing cooking demos. And weekends often find him helping out in jobs for Puttin' on the Ritz, a long established local catering firm.
The Business Monthly - December 2003 - Sec: Focus - By Hanna Eileen Choi
"Educate, Entertain, Inspire. It's on my business card. See? To educate comes first." Egg, formerly known as Erik Berlin, has been attempting to fill a void in the television market ever since he was a college student at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Egg, now 23, studied hotel and restaurant management, but carries pride in the fact that he is a "life long learner." From humble beginnings, "Cooking with Egg" has become a household name in Salisbury, Md. Since his debut on Salisbury Cable Access Channel 26, Egg has found his niche in Entertaining and educating young people from ages 16-25. "I'm always trying to be a better person everyday than I was before," said Egg with no hesitation. "This show gives me a creative outlet: It allows me to be myself and have fun while at the same time allowing me to educate young people, whether they know it or not."
By: Mary Bargion - Salisbury Daily Times
Move over, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck, Erik "Egg" Berlin of Salisbury is waiting in the pantry wings with his cooking show. A very funny creation "Cooking with Egg" is a low-budget production geared towards college students on Salisbury's Channel 26 Access TV. What the show lacks in production values, it makes up in Berlin's nonchalant but right on comments about cooking. "College students have very little money, time and space to cook," said Berlin, who is wrapping up his college career at University of Maryland Eastern Shore as a hotel and restaurant major. Berlin used the cooking suit in Severn Dorm on the Salisbury University Campus to make the show, which runs on random hours on the cable channel. "It was never used," said Berlin. "While we were taping, students would poke their heads in and ask, "What are you cooking?"