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LuAnn de Lesseps in Miami Sunday: A Real New York City Housewife Who Can Cook

If you're a fan of Bravo's Real Housewives of New York, you might want to get over the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Grand Tasting Village on Sunday at 3:15 p.m., to enjoy Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, who will be giving a cooking demo. Yep, one of the Housewives is in town with her daughter enjoying the sun and sand. "We're in Miami for the SoBeWFF and just loving the 80-degree weather."

Although she admits to never cooking on Housewives, she does insist that she is in fact a very good cook.

"I lived in Italy and Switzerland for over three years. I learned to speak French and Italian and to prepare many Italian dishes. I really believe that when you spend time in a country, you should try to learn the language and also try to bring back some part of the culture with you when you leave. I learned how to make some wonderful, tasty dishes in Italy and especially favorites from the Tuscan region," she added.

De Lesseps is a television personality as well as a recording artist and a fashion model. She acquired her nobility status when she became the fourth wife of Frenchman, Count Alexandre de Lesseps, but technically according to French law, lost the title when she divorced him. C'est la Vie.

"I've been asked to be part of this wonderful festival and I'll be preparing several dishes for the audience, including a tomato-basilique pasta and Italian lemon chicken which I consider a comfort food. The kind of dish that you want to find on your table when you get home."

When in Miami, de Lesseps enjoys dining at the W, Casa Tua and Escopazzo but stated that Miami is a great place for dining and she hopes to discover other fantastic restaurants in the area. This will be her fifth season on Housewives. Three new cast members have been added to the reality show, which should throw a few more exciting and unpredictable vipers into the show's sizzling snake pit.

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