By Stephanie Brubaker
You might have heard of Utahn-turned-New Yorker Kelsey Nixon. Perhaps you saw her on one of two Food Network Shows: “Next Food Network Star” or “By the Book & Off the Hook.” (For the record, she’s a book girl.) And if you’re lucky, maybe you’ve met her. She’s the likable type—her positive, energetic and ambitious nature mixed with a true blue “down home” attitude made her the fan favorite on “The Next Food Network Star.”
But if you’re really lucky, you might have had a bite of her home cookin’. Kelsey pursued her love of food at an age when most of use were focusing on what to wear to prom. When she began her education at Brigham Young University, this go-getter thoughtfully went about making her dreams come true. As a sophomore, she created a college cooking show called “Kelsey’s Kitchen” (now the name of her blog, www.kelseyskitchen.blogspot.com). From there, she interned with Martha Stewart Living with “Everyday Food” and, of course, NBC’s “Martha.” She also stayed busy working as a production assistant on Sandra Lee’s “Semi-Homemade Cooking,” where she she prepped food and ironed cloth napkins on the beach. Yep, on the beach.
After wrapping up her degree in Broadcast Journalism and many internships, Kelsey jumped to the West Coast and completed culinary school in Los Angeles. She also squeezed in a well-styled wedding to her college sweetheart and a fine cooking certificate from the prestigious French Culinary Institute of New York. This Utah gal is also the Pyrex Representative, and we’d like to congratulate her on her recipe recently published in none other than Bon Appetit.
If you can catch up with this lil’ whirlwind, be sure to say hi. She’s the talkin’ kind.
Here’s the rest from this Utah lady:
Name: Kelsey Nixon Egan
Occupation: Cooking Personality and Recipe Development
When I grow up, I want to be: Someone who inspires people in the kitchen, a food writer and a really great mom
The best thing about growing up in Utah was: Being surrounded by a tight-knit family
If/when I have 24 hours in Utah, I always:
- See my family and stay up way too late talking about nonsense
- Admire the mountains
- Eat at a local favorite (Pizzeria 712, Communal, Hires Big H, Tin Angel, Grappa)
- Work … unfortunately
Utah has the best: People
Now I live in: New York City
New York City has the best: Restaurants and shopping
If I could be anywhere right now, it would be: At dinner with my husband, someplace charming
- My husband
- Vanilla bean paste
- Dishes (preferably from Fishs Eddy)
- Eating really great, simple food
- Chocolate-covered cinnamon bears
- Cream cheese
- Being either too busy or too bored
- Embarrassing moments
I can’t live without my: iPhone
The last party I went to was: A launch party from Food2.com
And I wore: A snazzy little Betsey Johnson shrug with jeans and a pretty yellow blouse. A flowery something was pinned in my hair.
Favorite product featured on your site: Vanilla bean paste
Favorite product on earth: Fresh, old-fashioned, unsalted, straight-from-the-churn butter