Growing up, my mom always had the best advice. I still stand by her warnings: never give up, never burn bridges (no matter what), and stay true to yourself. She would say, "be you and don't try to be somebody else because that is already taken."
Today, I'm an Iron Chef, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur and a television personality, but most importantly, I'm a mom.
She and my dad also instilled in me the importance of tradition. We are Greek Orthodox and as a kid, we only had red-dyed eggs rather than all the fun pastels. As a kid, I was bummed, but my parents were amazing in that they didn't give in. I love that they really stuck to tradition.
We also had a fun tradition where we'd eat homemade pizza and watch a movie every Friday night. Even when I was in college, I'd come home for it. Now, I still do it with my kids, passing along that same tradition.
Family is still so important to me. Today, I'm an Iron Chef, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur and a television personality, but most importantly, I'm a mom. I really believe parents can live their optimal life and have it all. It is all about finding the balance.
As Guest Editor this week, I share tips and tricks that'll save you time in the kitchen and earn you extra time at the dinner table with your family. I also share the story of how I came to know Julia Child, my favorite restaurants around the country, recipes that'll simplify your life and what it is really like to be on a cooking competition show.
If you love cooking competitions, look out for America's Best Cook, my new show on Food Network. Debuting next week, I'll be joined by Michael Symon, Alex Guarnaschelli and Tyler Florence to mentor home cooks who will duke it out for the title! I can't wait for you to see it!