It all begins with Georgia home cook Michelle J.
"I have this statue of an Italian chef that holds a chalk board in my kitchen. He fell over and broke tonight while using him in a photo. It's very sad because he has been in my kitchen for long time."
Tony at home
"Here is the idea--we can start sending [Tony] to each other in turns to have photos with our food. I know I'm nuts but thought it might be fun. Anyone want him first? One rule he must be home for Christmas." Michelle added, "The great thing about him being glued together is no one has to worry about breaking him. I'm sending glue and a guest book/journal. The fun part of this is the pictures will be posted on AR for all to see."
Tony with Sunday Dinner
Tony in Richmond, Virginia
Richmond home cook 5galsandadad hosts him first. "Tony is now in Richmond VA! (The UPS man thinks it's cool!) Tony's year-long journey now begins. He is having pancakes for dinner."
Tony with Milk Chocolate Florentine Cookies
Tony in Dumfries, Virginia
Tony in New York
"Chef Tony had a little too much fun on St. Paddy's Day. He is sleeping it off in his box."
Tony in Michigan
Tony looked up a few of his Allrecipes favorites on Gina Brown's computer in Michigan.
Tony in Indiana
"Tony loves a great big Italian feast and we pulled out all the stops! Lucky Noodles and Tony spent the entire day in the kitchen the day before making most of the wonderful food! The tiramisu turned out really pretty and Tony liked all the coffee flavor."
Tony with Classic Tiramisu
Tony in Port Orchard, Washington
"Having been away from home for so long, Tony waxes sentimental and wishes to send a love note to his amor, Michelle."
Tony in Seattle
Tony took a trip to Seattle's famed Pike Place market, selecting fish, posing in front of the market sign, and enjoying a double espresso at a nearby cafe.
Tony in Alberta
"I am so excited! Tony just arrived via FedEx a couple of minutes ago. I am going to get him settled with a beer and some snacks....Then he has to help me make supper. I wish I had planned something fancier than quesadillas today!"
Tony in British Columbia
Tony enjoying a beautiful view in Penticton, BC.
Tony in California
"Finally! Tony's long trip from BC, Canada to Southern California was over and he was able to stretch his legs! He arrived on July 7th, 2008 to Pinon Hills, and boy was Tony shocked to be in such heat! It was about 105 degrees…far too hot to stay cooped up in the kitchen. We made Tony some fresh Limeades which went perfectly with the gorgeous day."
Tony in Nebraska
"Well, Tony made it to Husker country--the good life. Beautiful Nebraska! Thanks AmandaJ, for sending him my way. He must have missed you terribly, he was 'beside himself,' literally, when he got here. I'm sure he will be a big help this week, as we harvest many goodies from our garden."
Tony in Texas
Tony helped decorate a Chocolate Cherry Cake for a birthday party.
Tony, home again!
Tony shows MichelleJ some of the many souvenirs from his travels.