Katherine Alford

Senior Vice President of Culinary

What do you do on a daily basis?

Eat, shape content for Food Network Magazine and FoodNetwork.com, review recipes, review trends, work with magazine partners on the food content, and supervise and support the work of our editorial and test kitchen teams.

Who is your culinary icon?

Wendell Berry

Who is your favorite food TV personality, past or present?
Graham Kerr. I watched him every Saturday as a child. He got me hooked.

What’s your favorite cookbook?

Old school: Vincent Price's cookbooks. New: all of the Ottolenghi books.

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?
Raspberry vinegar

What’s your favorite condiment?

I have so many. Right now I love dukkah on everything — from fish and legumes to salads and dips.

What’s the first dish you learned to make?
A salad

Sweet tooth, salty tooth or both?

Both

What kitchen tool can’t you live without?
Knives, a cast-iron skillet and a pressure cooker

What music do you like to listen to in the kitchen?
The Doors or NPR

What’s your favorite food scene from a movie?
All of Tampopo

What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage?

Rye whiskey

If you weren’t in food, what career would you have liked to have tried?
Lighthouse keeper

What’s your favorite “food city” to visit?
I dream of eating in China and Mexico. Do I have to pick one?