One-on-One with Nancy Fuller, a Judge on Clash of the Grandmas

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In addition to Eddie Jackson, one of the hosts of Clash of the Grandmas (premiering Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10|9c), we've talked to Nancy Fuller, the grandmother in residence on this all-new upcoming competition. With 13 grandkids, Nancy is no stranger to making many of the comforting, tried-and-true dishes that the ladies in these battles will be forced to contend with. Read on below to get her take on grandmas’ styles of cooking, and find out what to expect in the competition.

What can viewers look forward to seeing in the upcoming clashes?

Nancy Fuller: Viewers can expect to see confident, well-seasoned women who know their way around the kitchen.

Aside from the age of the competitors, what makes Clash of the Grandmas different than other culinary battles?

NF: This competition has a sense of style. No chaos and confusion with these ladies.

Were you surprised to see the gumption in these grannies and notice how fearless they are?

NF: Of course I expected nothing less than fearless grammies!

In general, what do you think makes grandmothers’ cooking so darn good?

NF: Grandmothers have the knowledge and the wisdom of a lifelong relationship with food.

Does the fact that the competitors are grandmothers impact the way you judge their dishes?

NF: No. If it’s flavorless, if it’s dry, if it’s undercooked, it’s not their day. No exceptions for age!

There’s no shortage of surprises thrown at the grandmothers this season. Do you think there’s any way for them to prepare for this competition?

NF: When someone that old has been cooking that long … they’ve been prepared [since] long before they received notice of this competition!

Do you have any special memory of cooking with your grandma? Please explain.

NF: I learned to cook on my grandmother’s apron strings. My Grammy Carl and Grammy Tabor were the epitome of “good cooks.” I learned at a young age.

Was there one dish your grandma was known for? Please explain.

NF: Grammy Carl was a master. Her roast chicken was the best, and her cream puffs were extraordinary.

As a grandmother yourself, what’s your favorite dish to cook with and for your grandchildren?

NF: My grandchildren love to make pies with me. We pick fresh, seasonal fruit and come right home and make a pie. Fresh is always best.

Tune in to the premiere of Clash of the Grandmas on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10|9c.