Humans of Mercury Studios: Confessions of a Chef

When the boss gets hungry, what's gonna be on the plate?

Part newsroom, part soundstage and part historical museum, Mercury Studios is home to Glenn Beck's companies, Mercury Radio Arts and TheBlaze. Every position in this fast-paced environment is important to keep things running smoothly. But one role that's often overlooked is that of Glenn's personal chef.

What is it like to be responsible for satisfying the culinary cravings of Mr. Beck himself? We decided to find out. (We may have bitten off more than we could chew.)

Here is his story, in his own words.

Matthew Shelton, Glenn's Personal Chef

Got to be honest with you, Glenn, I thought I hated your guts.

I see a lot of [Glenn] and I’m around him a lot. I see what he’s trying to do and what he has done. And it’s unbelievable. And I wish, somehow, we could capture that. I challenge any person on this planet to sit down with him and just eat, have a meal, eat a bowl of cereal. And you will like him. Even if you hate his guts.

Ten years ago, that wouldn’t have been the case. But today, absolutely. We travel all over the country with him. I see him meet these people who literally despise him walking into the place. And they always go, "Got to be honest with you, Glenn, I thought I hated your guts, but you make a lot of sense."

Really good timing.

I got here because of really good timing and a level of trust that was kind of naturally there. Glenn had some health issues come up and he needed somebody that was 24/7 and had more of a relationship than just a random person would have. So, he actually had my father [Robert Shelton, who previously filled in temporarily as Glenn's chef] look at some of the resumes that were submitted to be his chef and they were crazy. They were asking for gigantic salaries and crazy vacation time, all this stuff. And, Glenn just felt uncomfortable with all of it.

And one day he called me up and said, “Hey, would you ever want to be my chef?” And I wasn’t a trained chef at the time. And, I was like, “Um, I have no idea. What does that entail?” And he basically said, "You know, travel with me. I have a really strict diet” --- there were crazy limitations on what he could and couldn’t eat --- and I said, “Sure.”

And so, we did a three-month test period and I’m in his home, I’m with his wife and kids, and we travel together. I go up to their family ranch with them for three weeks at a time. It’s a very intimate, close relationship which has grown even stronger over the years. But I wasn’t very qualified for it and then it was --- ok, well, learn as you go. So, I went to nutrition school for eight months and really learned. You know, I knew how to make chicken taste good, but I didn’t know the point of why it was good for you and how to prepare it with certain things to make it better.

My biggest compliment is a completely clean plate.

I have a very unique look on food and my career. It’s way more than just a job. I really enjoy it.

It’s quite exciting, because now I get compliments and I’m like, "Man, I get to cook for some really cool people." My biggest compliment is a completely clean plate. You don’t have to tell me anything. But if the plates completely empty, I don’t care how hungry you are. If something doesn’t taste good, you’re not gonna eat it.

So, I see that now and I’m like, man I’m only 30. And my father is mid-50s and he is still learning. It’s pretty impressive.

I’m all about quality of life.

It’s funny, because my mom is Canadian and my dad is from the South. So, it’s like two drastically different cuisines growing up. And, my dad’s mom, when we were kids, every Christmas morning would make biscuits and gravy from scratch. And it’s my favorite meal. It’s so good. We’d have a huge portion of biscuits and gravy. It was amazing.

So, as I got older, she got dementia. And so, one Christmas the biscuits and gravy weren’t being made properly. And we were like, Grandma, what’d you just put in there? So, my father pulled me aside and said, “Learn how to make biscuits and gravy.” So now, every Christmas, I make biscuits and gravy from scratch. And it's tradition. And it’s so bad for you, but so unbelievably delicious that it doesn’t matter.

Quality of life, you know what I mean? Do an extra sit-up. I’m all about quality of life.

People talk about, you know, eating nutritious, and I wholeheartedly back that. It’s just, why not pro-long your life for as long as you can? Trust me, I love cheeseburgers and I still eat cheeseburgers. But I exercise to counteract that. I always preach to people --- quality of life. Eat the pizza! Pizza is unbelievable, right? Make sure you do something to balance that out.

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

Watch the video below to hear more from Jason Whitlock:

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

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