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Kelsey Nixon              

Chef, Author, & Television Personality Host, Cooking Channel's "Kelsey's Essentials"

Kelsey Nixon shares her passion for the basics in the kitchen in Kelsey's Essentials, a Cooking Channel series showcasing tips, tools, & techniques that no home cook should be without. In Kelsey's Essentials, Kelsey inspires a new generation of food lovers with her own fresh take on essential cooking basics. She gives her savvy tips on must-have pantry items, the latest gadgets and essential kitchen techniques – from roasting to baking. Kelsey's passion is creating recipes that target the home cook – breaking down the basics, teaching proper technique and making everyone feel comfortable in the kitchen. Kelsey's genuine bubbly personality makes her an approachable kitchen companion for any home cook. Kelsey believes in a refreshingly simple approach to cooking that encourages viewers to find their own voice in the kitchen and cook from the hip. Kelsey's viewers value the basics, but have a desire to embellish, adapt, change & experiment with classic recipes.

Kelsey got her start in the food media industry when she created Kelsey's Kitchen, a college cooking show at Brigham Young University, emphasizing fast, fun and affordable meals for college students. After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she attended Le Cordon Bleu – Hollywood, where she earned her professional culinary arts degree. This degree paired with training from the French Culinary Institute in New York City provided culinary production opportunities at Martha Stewart Living working on PBS' Everyday Food and NBC's The Martha Stewart Show in addition to Food Network's Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee. In 2008, she was a finalist on The Next Food Network Star, where she was voted 'fan favorite.' You can also catch Kelsey dishing about her favorite sweets from around the country on Unique Sweets and hosting the interactive series The Perfect Three on Cooking Channel. Kelsey lives in New York City with her husband Robby and their new son Oliver where she spends her days developing recipes and cooking up a storm.

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Kelsey uses her new bestselling book, Kitchen Confidence to discuss essential tips, tools, and techniques that no one should be without. Her fresh approach to the basics encourages home cooks to first learn the essentials, then experiment with variations – she promises you'll be cooking ease, imagination, and style in no time!


Kelsey's experience in college became a launching pad for her ultimate dream job. Her unique story is compelling, funny, and ultimately inspiring as she chronicles experiences that include interning for Martha Stewart Living, convincing a college professor to green light a college cooking show, and filming over 100 episodes of fast, fun, and affordable meals for college students all while loaning money from her parents to pay for the groceries. Where there is a will, there is a way and no story proves that more than Kelsey's.


Since becoming a parent herself, Kelsey has gained great empathy for all working parents.From finishing her first cookbook with a premature baby in the hospital to attending a music class for toddlers in leather pants and sequins just before jetting off to an appearance, Kelsey loves discussing the give and take of what it means to be a working mom. She discusses the importance of aligning priorities and being kind to yourself when "mom guilt" sets in. Her lighthearted yet sincere approach to this topic will leave those like her feeling like they aren't the only one that feels like they're juggling sacrifice and success.


Kelsey's story of finding success in an unconventional way at a fairly young age proves that anyone can be anything they want to be. She breaks down the methods that made the biggest difference in paving the road for her unique career and shares how the failures along the way were secretly the keys to finding her strengths and weaknesses – ultimately proving that if she was doing what she was good at, success was sure to follow.


Star Kitchen: Kelsey Nixon's Brooklyn Kitchen
Kelsey Nixon shows Food Network Magazine her home kitchen, which doubles as her office. Photographs by David A. Land.
Kelsey Nixon talks cooking with confidence
When Kelsey Nixon first stepped into the public eye as a contestant on "Next Food Network Star" in 2008, she was a fresh-faced 23-year-old who could cook.
Kelsey Nixon's New Cookbook | POPSUGAR Food
Cooking Channel's Kelsey Nixon belongs in that later category. Though you've seen and cooked with her on Kelsey's Essentials, she has just released her first ...

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