15 Things to Know about Kelsey

Kelsey's new show debuts this weekend.

Get to know a little bit more about upcoming Cooking Channel chef Kelsey Nixon.

  1. Kelsey hosted a college cooking show for two years at her university called Kelsey’s Kitchen
  2. Attended culinary school in Los Angeles and worked as a private chef
  3. She competed in Season 4 of Next Food Network Star and was voted the Fan Favorite
  4. Co-hosted a web show on Food2.com with Spike Mendelsohn:
  5. Kelsey and Food2.com co-host seldom agree, but always have fun.

  6. Interned at Martha Stewart for two summers working on Everyday Food and The Martha Show
  7. Checked a biggie off her bucket list when she was a judge on Iron Chef America
  8. Reads too many food blogs, and also loves sharing recipes on her own blog:
  9. Kelsey's apricot jam thumbprint cookies caught our eye.

  10. Celebrates every birthday with Banana Cream Pie
  11. Favorite tool in the kitchen is a sharp knife
  12. Her guilty pleasure is Salt & Vinegar potato chips:
  13. Indulge!

  14. Spent time working in restaurants developing recipes and seasonal menus
  15. Loves HGTV’s House Hunters International
  16. Is smitten with her husband who always does the dishes:
  17. Kelsey and hubby apple-picking in upstate NY.

  18. Her favorite food tradition is having all of the family over for a big a meal on Sunday, often serving breakfast for dinner
  19. Is the host of a new show on Cooking Channel with a fresh approach to the basics in the kitchen:
  20. Are you excited as she is? We sure are!

Kelsey’s Essentials premieres this Saturday at 2pm ET on Cooking Channel.