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Recipe for Murder
WriterAnthony E. Zuiker,
Ann Donahue
DirectorRichard J. Lewis,
J. Miller Tobin
Original AirdateJanuary 16, 2003
Previous Episode: High and Low
Next Episode: Got Murder?

Recipe for Murder is the eleventh episode in season three of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Grissom, Catherine and Nick investigate when the chef of a fancy restaurant ends up in a meat grinder. They soon discover a lot more went on in the kitchen than cooking. Meanwhile, Warrick and Sara find out that the apparent suicide of a young woman who suffered from bipolar disorder is actually a murder.


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Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Christopher Wiehl as Hank Peddigrew
  • Wallace Langham as David Hodges
  • Daniel Hagen as John Damon
  • Marita Geraghty as Jane Damon
  • Robert Mailhouse as Les Dutton
  • Kimberly Huie as Lola Creighton
  • Darren Pettie as Ross Halpo
  • Chad Lindberg as Brody Jones
  • Perrey Reeves as Linda's Neighbor
  • Cameron Mathison as Danny Pasqualle
  • Lori Rom as The Hostess
  • Scott MacDonald as Harold Haskins
  • Larry Clarke as Detective Sulik
  • Pat Asanti as Harlan
  • Dar Dixon as Chef Petrov Samsko
  • Iva Hasperger as Linda Damon

Major Events

  • This episode marks the first appearance of Wallace Langham as Lab Tech David Hodges.

Featured Music

  • Awaiting An Accident by Lali Puna.


  • This episode takes several cues from Anthony Bourdain's autobiography Kitchen Confidential, such as the flicking of blood around the kitchen after cutting oneself and the phrase "don't touch my knife, don't touch my johnson." The notion of someone being murdered in the kitchen and a chef butchering the corpse for disposal had previously been featured in Bourdain's first novel "Bone in the Throat."

See Also

CSI:Las Vegas Season 3
Revenge is Best Served ColdThe Accused is EntitledLet the Seller BewareA Little MurderAbra-CadaverThe Execution of Catherine WillowsFight NightSnuffBlood LustHigh and LowRecipe for MurderGot Murder?Random Acts of ViolenceOne Hit WonderLady Heather's BoxLucky StrikeCrash & BurnPrecious MetalA Night at the MoviesLast LaughForeverPlay with FireInside the Box