Emmy-award winning tv cook visits Cache Valley

A lot of people are unaware of the fact that the Cooking Channel’s popular host Kelsey Nixon grew up in Utah and has relatives here in Cache Valley. Nixon paid a visit to Cache Valley <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>on Saturday</span></span>, signing a lot of copies of her new book <em>Kitchen Confidence</em>.

Earlier, at the home of her grandfather Jack Nixon in Hyde Park, the Emmy-award winning cooking star gave some tips that help people like her succeed.

“I feel like my cookbook I named <em>Kitchen Confidence</em> for a reason,” Kelsey said. “Because when you develop confidence in the kitchen, cooking becomes more enjoyable. That’s what I want people to feel in the kitchen is joy.”

And she offered some advice on how where to begin locating that joy.

“If you’re first starting out, my number one tip is cook something that you love,” she explained. “If banana cream pie is your favorite dish in the entire world, set out on a mission to perfect banana cream pie because once you do there is a sense of confidence, enjoyment and satisfaction that comes with that that’s bound to get you motivated to cook other things in the kitchen.”

Kelsey was also asked who she feels has led the way in the media cooking world.

“I think a lot about Julia Child,” she answered. “I think that the Food Network and the Cooking Channel wouldn’t exist if Julia Child hadn’t paved the way like she did. I think of her oft times.

“I’m grateful that she put this spin on cooking where it could be taught to people through the medium of television.”

Kelsey and her husband Rob, along with their 11-month old son Oliver, live in a Brooklyn apartment where a lot of her cooking takes place. She grew up in Ogden and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Nixon.

 Kelsey graduated from New York University and from a culinary school. She also served an internship with Martha Stewart and won several cooking competitions along her way.

She said she loves her work because she said it gives her a chance to engage and inspire people to cook, something she feels passionate about.

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