Food Network Star: Episode 1 – Jambalaya

Thank you all for tuning in to the Season Premiere of Food Network Star! What an amazing and exciting first episode. Today, I’ll share some highlights from episode one, my jambalaya recipe and photos from my fun premiere party! Continue reading “Food Network Star: Episode 1 – Jambalaya”

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You’re Invited: Food Network Star Watch Party!!

I have so many exciting things to update you guys on!! We’re just a few weeks away from the Food Network Star Season Premiere and the countdown is officially on. Continue reading “You’re Invited: Food Network Star Watch Party!!”

Next Food Network Star Premier Episode Recap

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Meet the top 13 contestants on Next Food Network Star, Season 12. Not pictured: Martita Jara. Photo Credit: FoodNetwork.com.

The Season 12 premier of Next Food Network Star debuted tonight and I am so excited for its return! I’m going to be on this show one day, so I watch it while taking notes with great anticipation. Did you watch? In case you missed it, I’ll provide a quick recap here including my top picks right off the bat. Continue reading “Next Food Network Star Premier Episode Recap”

Making it Happen – My Dream in Action

It was 1:37 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon when the email came. The subject line read: ABC’s The Taste. I had pre-registered for the show the week before, after a friend shared on my Facebook wall that they were casting for Season 2 of the cooking competition reality show.

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A casting producer was interested in me! I stared at my computer screen in amazement for about 10 minutes before I pulled myself together. I emailed her back and got the details. She’d invited me to come to Nashville that weekend for a private on-camera interview, and to skip the Open Call auditions and long lines. Mind. Blown. I had already committed to traveling to Atlanta to write a restaurant review for Hottie Hawg’s Smokin’ BBQ, but had previously planned to submit an audition video. She completely understood and encouraged me to do so. In the 10-minute video, I had to cook a dish that represented me and really showed my personality, including any other talents.

I chose shrimp and grits with a white wine sauce, of course.


Today marks over one week since I’ve heard back and I’m eagerly awaiting the outcome. It would be amazing if I made it any further in the process, but the truth is, I’ve already won. During the midst of the week, I’d shared the news with a few folks I hold close. My dear friend, Bill, knows my story and where I’ve been. He said it best.

“You have a brand new testimony of someone who stopped, took stock of her life and decided that life was too short not to pursue her passion. You are proof that success isn’t about the size of the stage or how big the audience, but making it happen. You have taken what you love and pursued it with passion. And, in the process, you have discovered that regardless of where the road takes you, you already are living out your dream.”

If you’d like to see my audition video, you can check it out below. I’ll keep you posted on where the road leads.