Chopped

Lauren Von Der Pool reacts to the haters: "Either you’re going to love all of me or you’re not. That’s fine by me."
Growing up in Barbados, I saw my mom and granny cook literally every day. I spent summers with my granny picking fresh veggies in the backyard and watching her cook. To this day, I have to say I remember every smell and taste as if it was yesterday.
Amanda Freitag is beloved as a judge and host on Food Network shows like Chopped. But now the chef has her own cookbook, The Chef Next Door, and she is ready to open up.
The irony is not lost on me that one of America's most cherished foods is embedded in his surname -- which, incidentally, affords his persona an added measure of flavor!