Every chef begins somewhere.

Chef Anne Burrell began her career working in a restaurant after college graduation. She loved working there, but when her mom requested that she make use of her degree, a quick stint as a physician head hunter lead her right back to the kitchen. She decided to make cooking her career. To this day, she is still excited and challenged by her career as a chef.

Ever wonder where her signature spiky, blonde hairdo comes from? Or what it's like to work with Mario Batali? We've got all your burning questions answered.

Check out the slideshow above for 15 things you didn't know about Anne Burrell.

Catch Burrell at the New York City Wine & Food Festival.

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