You were that second child then?
Yeah. All the good work they do has made a dent in our society.
Do you have kids?
Absolutely not! I have two cats and a boyfriend. That's like having a baby...
Yes, yes it is. Have you been to Miami before?
I love the tropical, Caribbean, Cuban, all kinds of warm-weather foods so I'm always down there. I don't know how you guys get any work done.
This year's theme at the Extravaganza is Food Revolution, making things from scratch with high quality ingredients. Why does that particularly resonate with you?
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In my show, Cooking for Real, I don't mind store-bought shortcuts. But what I enjoy is making food from scratch. I'm always trying to find ways to make it easy, but real. That's what good home cooking is. That's what sticks to your bones.
How would you describe your food?
I specialize in food of the world because I grew up moving around so much. My mom made food every day. It was different every day. We didn't get repeats.
Monday, we'll talk about why she hosted Good Morning, Vietnam! in Korea, how she knows 8Ball & MJG have an affinity for grocery-bought rotisserie chicken, and why she considers herself a hot mess (we disagree, but whatever...).