Photo by Kylie Nixon

Kelsey Nixon, a finalist on The Next Food Network Star and chef/host of Cooking Channel’s Kelsey’s Essentials, says Mom made her a foodie.

Nixon, a North Ogdenite, went to Brigham Young University in journalism, but a 2004 internship at Martha Stewart Living inspired her to follow her passion for food. She started Kelsey’s Kitchen on the iProvo network. “I proceeded to produce, direct and host all 100 episodes,” she says. “I look at it now, and I just cringe, but I hadn’t been to culinary school and was just learning how to cook.” In one episode, Nixon shared recipes using cheap ramen noodles. Now, after attending Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, she prides herself on her slow-cooked pulled pork.

Nixon recently published Kitchen Confidence, a cookbook with 10 dishes from Kelsey’s Essentials, along with familiar recipes with fun twists. 

But, she admits, she’s still not as good as Mom. “She’s still the best cook in the family; I hope to be as fabulous as she is one day.”

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