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.
Everybody 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.
You 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.
When 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!
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