Amanda Catrini

Assistant Purchaser, Food Network Test Kitchens

What do you do on a daily basis?
My main responsibility each day is to purchase all ingredients necessary for Food Network Magazine's test kitchen. I place many orders over the phone and online, and then hand-shop specialty items all over New York City. After I have confirmed that the test kitchen is set for the day, I help cook family meals for the staff, organize the Food Network Production kitchen and do the billing for all invoices.

Who is your culinary icon?
My grandmother Anneliese Foster. She immigrated to the United States in the early 1950s from Germany, and she is my culinary inspiration every day.

Who is your favorite food TV personality, past or present?
Mario Batali

What's your favorite cookbook?
The French Laundry cookbook

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?
There's nothing I won't try — although I'm never too excited about dessert. I'd rather eat two dinners.

What's your favorite condiment?
Hot sauce

What's the first dish you learned to make?
Honey Nut Chicken (a Rachael Ray recipe!)

Sweet tooth, salty tooth or both?
Salt tooth all the way

What kitchen tool can't you live without?
Bench scraper

What music do you like to listen to in the kitchen?
The Beatles

What's your favorite food scene from a movie?
The spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp melts my heart every time.

If you weren't in food, what career would you have liked to have tried?
The music industry — and I did give it a whirl for a few years!

What's your favorite "food city" to visit?
I have yet to visit enough food cities to make a final decision, but I gotta say New York City is pretty terrific.