7 Questions with Chef Brooke Peterson
7 Questions is a series of interviews with the culinary movers and shakers you want or ought to know better.
Tonight Food Network premieres one of it’s most highly anticipated and hyped series in quite some time. Taking a cue from Bravo’s Real House Wives franchise they have developed Private Chefs of Beverly Hills – an inside look at Tinsel Town shindigs from the point of view of the culinary teams that put them together.
Brooke Peterson is a pioneer in new media lifestyle programming. She was the star of Varsity Television’s teen cooking show Cook with Brooke. From there she created and starred in Cheap N Easy back in 2006 which featured recipes and entertaining tips; teaching her audience to prepare meals in less than five minutes, using under five ingredients, all while costing less than five dollars.
Cheap N Easy was a mainstay on YAHOO! where Brooke was in good company with the likes of Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck and Rachael Ray. Brooke has also worked as a correspondent for Showtime, V.I.P. Access, The T.V. Guide Channel, The Style Network, and most recently The Rachael Ray Show. Along with the launch of Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, Brooke is looking forward to the next chapter, becoming a Mom and expanding her expertise to encompass what motherhood means to lifestyles, food, fashion and decor.
Chef Brooke was nice enough to answer 7 Questions:
1. How old were you when you first started to cook?
Brooke: I first started to cook with my Grandmother as a young girl. My Grandmother taught me how to cook for big groups on a small budget and I always loved the smiles that her food put on peoples faces. I was hooked early.
2. When did you decide that you could make food your career?
Brooke: It was probably college. I found that I got into the best study groups because I always made the best study snacks, I took notice of the correlation between cooking and getting rewarded.
3. Which chefs have influenced you the most?
Brooke: Anthony Bourdain for his sense of adventure, Thomas Keller for his sense of perfection, and Rachael Ray and Sandra Lee for the sense of practicality. I have to say that even though she is not a chef I have been really inspired by Miss Martha Stewart.
4. If you hadn’t followed this career path, what other career could you see yourself in?
Brooke: Party Planner or teacher…. But I couldn’t really see myself doing anything else right now.
5. What’s the highlight of your career so far?
Brooke: I love a good challenge and I’d say filming Private Chefs of Beverly Hills while so very pregnant will be something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
6. Of all the crazy things you’ve seen at Big City Chefs what’s the craziest?
Brooke: Stuart, you’ll have to tune in to see what kind of trouble we get into at Big City Chefs on Private Chefs of Beverly Hills next week!
7. What’s next for Chef Brooke?
Brooke: I am having a baby next month, so I can most definitely say that that’s next! I will be making some announcements on my site, www.ThingsYourMotherNeverTaughtYou.com soon too.
Private Chefs of Beverly Hills airs Fridays at 10p/9c on the Food Network.
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UPDATE: Chef Brooke Gives Birth!