Vivian Chan

Recipe Tester

What do you do on a daily basis?
I am responsible for cross-testing the recipes from the developers and talent for Food Network Magazine and the Web, to ensure that a home cook is able to follow the recipe exactly as it is written.

Who is your culinary icon?
My father

Who is your favorite food TV personality, past or present?
Julia Child

What's your favorite cookbook?
The French Laundry Cookbook

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?
Walnuts (because they'll kill me)

What's your favorite condiment?
Ketchup

What's the first dish you learned to make?
Stir-fry crabs with ginger and scallions

Sweet tooth, salty tooth or both?
Sweet

What kitchen tool can't you live without?
A chef's knife

What music do you like to listen to in the kitchen?
Adele, Colbie Caillat and Maroon 5

What's your favorite food scene from a movie?
When Charlie enters the magic candy world in the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

What's your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Vodka and cranberry with a twist of lime

If you weren't in food, what career would you have liked to have tried?
Animal rescue facilitator for ASPCA or the Humane Society

What's your favorite "food city" to visit?
Hong Kong