emma and the celebrity chefs

Emma has finally met all of her favorite celebrity chefs from the Food Network. Frequent readers will recall that Marla is big fan of Giada De Laurentiis and Rachael Ray. I’m a huge Alton Brown fan. (Just ask me to show you my 8′ high stack of Good Eats DVDs some time!)

This, of course, has turned Emma into the ultimate foodie, melding the quick-and-easy style of Rachael Ray with the Old World style of Giada and the scientific know-how of Alton Brown into one cute, three-year-old package.

Emma met Alton last year when he visted The Shops at Mission Viejo and has been able to cross Rachael and Giada off of her list in the past few months. (Yes, we’re on a first name basis with them all.


Giada was at the Sur La Table in Newport Beach back in June, signing copies of her new book, Everyday Italian. She was delighted to meet a young fan.

In mid-December Rachael Ray was in Pasadena signing her new book, 365: No Repeats and, naturally, Emma had to go. Grandma Northcutt arrived from Atlanta for her visit and promptly hopped in the car with Emma, Marla and Henry for a two hour jaunt to Pasadena. Be sure and bring a baby along with you to book signings, by the way. Nice authors will let you skip to the head of the line!


After a bit of a wait it was Emma’s turn to meet Rachael. Emma sat in her lap and recited the intro to her show. Rachael was most impressed. “I think she does it better than me!” she said. (I agree!)

What, you don’t know it? Don’t all kids learn it when they are three?

“Hi, I’m Rachael Ray and I make 30 minute meals. In the time it takes you to watch this program I’ll have made a delicious and healthy meal from start to finish.”

After Emma’s performance the two of them chit-chatted for a few minutes and then it was time to bid Rachael farewell.

Now that we’ve crossed all of the chefs from our list it’s time to start working on Emma’s latest fascination: NASCAR drivers. Her two favorites? Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon. Don’t ask…

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  1. omg that’s so cute! i love rachel ray. i just saved one of her shows last night on tivo so i can make her macaroni and cheese with chicken and broccoli. mmmmm. and i’m still jealous of you guys for seeing alton brown!

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