This past week marked the 15th Anniversary of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Since this event is hosted by Food Network and Cooking Channel, you know it was chock-full of celebrity chefs. You can’t even imagine all of the excitement in South Beach over the weekend! There was a lot going on, but the highlight of my weekend was interviewing Food Network’s Katie Lee from The Kitchen. Yep, you read that right! Celebrity cook, cookbook author, and novelist, Katie Lee! She was here to enjoy the festival, but she also recently partnered with Silk and was showcasing its Nutchello line of beverages over the weekend. Enjoy the interview!
Me: You’ve been very busy with the festival, your cookbooks, novel, and The Kitchen, so how do you relax?
Katie Lee: I usually relax with TV. Some of my favorite shows are Scandal and Downton Abbey. I also find little ways to take breaks and carving out little moments throughout the day. Around 3 or 4 pm I find a couple of minutes to myself and I’ll grab the Rich Dark Chocolate + Walnut flavor of Nutchello. I also like the Toasted Coconut + Cashews because it reminds me of the beach. I find them to be a smarter choice for a midday break.
Me: What’s your favorite part of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival?
Katie Lee: I’ve been coming for 10 or 11 years and it’s just getting bigger and better. I’m just thrilled to be a part of it. I enjoy doing the cooking demos, interacting with fans, and sharing my recipes. This year I’m showcasing Nutchello, so that’s really exciting.
Me: On your website you have a quote that says you’re all about comfort food, but to truly be comforted you need to know where it came from and how it got to your plate. Did that help you decide to partner with Silk because Nutchello is free of dairy, artificial flavors and colors, and has no high fructose corn syrup?
Katie Lee: Yes, I’m always looking to make a smarter choice. I look for ingredients that make me feel good about myself.
Me: What inspirations did you use to create your cocktails using Nutchello?
Katie Lee: I just had a girlfriend come over to test cocktail recipes. It was like a girls’ night in. We came up with the Frozen Dark Chocolate Margarita. It’s really good! There’s also the Nutty Caramel Banana Daquiri. That one reminds me of sand and sunshine. The Spiked Caramel Almond Chai Tea Latte is perfect for brunch. That one has vodka in it!
Me: You recently released Endless Summer Cookbook and you love ice cream, so can we expect any homemade ice cream recipes featuring Nutchello for the summer?
Katie Lee: Nutchello would make great ice cream. I may come up with new recipes for it. It would also be good for other desserts, like a caramel apple bread pudding or rice pudding. I used the Toasted Coconut + Cashews flavor for it.
Me: Is there anything else you’d like to share about Nutchello?
Katie Lee: Yes, people can visit Nutchello.com to find more information and my recipes. I do find the flavors to be craveable. Now that we’ve been talking about it, I kind of want one now. They’re also easy to use in recipes and for entertaining friends. I like to serve unexpected cocktails to my guests.
I’d like to thank Katie Lee for taking the time during her busy weekend for an interview and to talk about her partnership with Silk for Nutchello.