Inspired by Celebrity Chefs #HSNCooks

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by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 29 comments

in Celebrity Chefs

I have said it many times before, life is a journey and not only am I along for the ride, I am loving every minute of the journey. If you had told me a little over two years ago that I would be spending an afternoon with Curtis Stone, Donatella Arpaia, Lorena Garcia and Ming Tsai, I would never have believed it. Yet, I found myself sitting on a sofa in the HSN green room chatting with these talented chefs, mesmerized as I listened to stories of their journeys.

Donatella shared one of her first experiences on television. Confiding that one of her greatest fears was speaking in public, she shared that she once cooked octopus and publicly made a face when she wasn’t pleased with how it looked. As a long time fan and an avid viewer of Chopped and Iron Chef, I have watched in awe of Donatella’s graceful poise. It is hard for me to believe that she wasn’t always as composed, as this beautiful woman sitting next to me on the sofa.

I adore her line of  HSN products and can tell you that I have had the pleasure of tasting her cupcakes and can honestly say that they are out of this world.  A little birdie told me that the meatballs will leave me drooling. I am excited to watch her making them in the HSN studio tomorrow during the #HSNCooks marathon.

#HSNCooks Chatting with Donatella and Curtis Stone.jpgEverybody loves Curtis — including me. After meeting him today,  I completely fell head over heels as we chatted about family dinners and  stories of his granny. She inspired him so, that he named his restaurant, Maude,  after her. I loved learning about his recent visit to Portugal during his honeymoon. We had such a great time chatting about “those crazy Portuguese Dishes”.  You know, the chicken cooked in it’s blood is totally normal to us Portuguese, but maybe not so much to everyone who didn’t grow up in Portugal. I love that Curtis has a mission of bringing confidence in the kitchen! His exclusive product lines on HSN are amazing, especially the Chop Chop. You can check them all out here.

#hsncooks Ming Tsai.jpgYou all know how much I adore Ming Tsai, I had the pleasure of interviewing him a couple of months ago and love his cooking style. What admire most about Ming, is that the conversation always takes a turn towards his passion for giving back and sharing with others all that he has learned.  Inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give,” Ming has been grounded in making a difference in the lives of others through an organization called Family Reach. This amazing organization has a mission to provide financial relief and heartfelt support to families fighting cancer. Ming has seen first hand how cancer and it’s emotional circumstances can affect families. What a wonderful role model and inspiration!

No one has knife skills like Ming and I am thrilled to watch him in the HSN studio using his  AeroKnife. I have heard it is a must have in the kitchen.

#hsncooks Lorena Garcia.jpgWhen Lorena Garcia sat down next to me, I felt as if I was sitting down chatting with an old friend. She is warm, passionate and a true inspiration to the Latino Community. I loved hearing how she hosted a party for the HSN family at her home. She was so excited to welcome everyone to her home and had the picture perfect setting in her backyard. Within minutes of everyone arriving, it started to rain and she had to take the party inside. When Lorena described the menu she had prepared for that evening, it was with such love and genuine excitement. I am embarrassed to admit that as much as I love Grouper Cheeks, I have never tried Tuna Cheeks — I think that must change as soon as I find some in my local markets. The minute I saw the beautiful Lorena Bella line, I knew that I needed to bring some of these beautiful products into my home and my blog.

Come join the #HSNCooks fun all day long, this is a Foodie Event that you don’t want to miss! You can follow me or check out the  Program Guide. I will be in the live audience during this fun cooking marathon along with  Jennifer from The Foodie Patootie and many of the loyal local HSN Credit Card Holders. Can’t wait to share more with you!

It wouldn’t be a party without you stopping by.  Just use hashtag #HSNCooks and tweet and instagram with us.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee March 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Wow! What a day you had and how fortunate for you to spend time with such wonderful celebs in the food world. I really do need to check out their products too.

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Lovely Chef :D March 11, 2014 at 1:38 am

Yeah, same here! I am so glad that I end up reading this post and I honestly love all of them. They are all great chef’s and just like everyone else in here that we all want to see them in person.

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FamilyFoodie March 11, 2014 at 8:27 am

I was certainly a thrill for sure. It made me appreciate them even more.

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FamilyFoodie March 11, 2014 at 8:27 am

The only thing that could have made it better was if you were there with me. I kept on thinking about the day that we met Emeril. #priceless

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Nicole March 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm

So jealous Isabel! What a wonderful opportunity and what awesome celebrity chefs. I’d love to meet each of them someday. Your day looked amazing!

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FamilyFoodie March 11, 2014 at 8:28 am

You would have loved chatting with these chefs Nicole. HSN is a pretty amazing place.

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Heather // girlichef March 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

What an amazing day! I’m such a huge Ming Tsai fan, and Curtis Stone is always fun to look at…uhhh…I mean watch. ;) Sounds like a room full of talent. I will have to check out their products, as I’m not familiar with them. Thanks for sharing this, Isabel!

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Olivia March 11, 2014 at 1:32 am

Nice Isabel! They are the best! I hope next time you could do an interview with Gordon Ramsey. He’s on top of my favorite chef’s list.

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FamilyFoodie March 11, 2014 at 8:28 am

Oh yes. Gordon Ramsey would be a hoot to interview.

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FamilyFoodie March 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

I adore Ming and although I had interviewed him before, I loved sitting and chatting with him. His passion for teaching and giving back is contagious!

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Daniella March 11, 2014 at 1:09 am

That’s amazing and I am now jealous because who wouldn’t want to experience that. I will surely join you guys on twitter and instagram. #HSNCooks

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FamilyFoodie March 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

Thanks so much for all your support Daniella!

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G. Murphy March 11, 2014 at 1:13 am

Ming Tsai is a great guy and an amazing chef. I admire his work and passion so much when it comes to cooking. I really enjoyed reading your post since we both admire the same people on cooking. I wonder what is your favorite Ming Tsai recipe?

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FamilyFoodie March 11, 2014 at 8:32 am

I adore Ming’s Kung Pao Chicken. Have you tried it?

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Christine March 11, 2014 at 1:17 am

You are so lucky to have that opportunity and I hope next time you could invite me to go with you to see them in person. And I am also a big fan of your work Isabel. <3

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FamilyFoodie March 11, 2014 at 8:33 am

Thank you so much Christine. It would be awesome to have you join me next time!

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Jenny March 11, 2014 at 1:20 am

Wow! I am a chef wannabe and I am aiming to be a good one in the future. Sitting besides the masters are one of the things on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing your experience and I surely love my visit here on familyfoodie.

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FamilyFoodie March 12, 2014 at 6:43 am

It was a great experience for sure Jenny. You would have loved it.

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Fiona March 11, 2014 at 1:22 am

I agree that I admire Ming’s knife skill and I wonder how long did he mastered that skill.

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Alexa White March 11, 2014 at 1:29 am

OMG! I wish I was in your shoes to meet them in person. I am now sharing this blog post on my twitter because most of my followers loves cooking and meeting check all round the world especially Curtis.

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FamilyFoodie March 20, 2014 at 7:47 am

Thanks Alexa! Curtis is a doll — what a great guy!

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Briana March 11, 2014 at 1:35 am

Would you be able to add their twitter? So that I could follow all of them. I really love familyfoodie

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FamilyFoodie March 20, 2014 at 7:47 am

Ming is the best! Love him.

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Diana March 11, 2014 at 1:41 am

I’ve read many things about Lorena Garcia and she is really nice. She has a wonderful talent and very down to earth attitude. She loves sharing her talents and skills to anyone who has the same passion of cooking. That’s why I always follow her and I am her biggest fan.

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FamilyFoodie March 20, 2014 at 7:46 am

It was my first time meeting Lorena Garcia and I loved her!! So genuine.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked March 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Isabel, what an incredible day that must have been! And I’m loving all the photos you’ve been posting on Facebook and Instagram, especially the ones of Vo Vo with her favourite chefs. You deserve all of these incredible experiences. You’ve worked so long and hard to get to where you are. I’m so thrilled for you! And all the chefs sounds like they’re down to earth and fun to be around. Love it!

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FamilyFoodie March 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

Thank you so much Nancy — truly living the dream!

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Cindys Recipes and Writings March 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Wow what a great day you had at HSN! So happy for you, Isabel!

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FamilyFoodie March 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

Thank you Cindy! Wish you could have been there with me.

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