Why So Sunny?

By: Brandy Shearer
Why So Sunny?

One of the things fans love about Cooking for Real star Sunny Anderson is her bubbly personality. During a break from shooting in Studio A at Food Network's Chelsea HQ, Sunny shared some insight on how she keeps her positive attitude and energy.

For starters, Sunny explains that what motivates her is the idea that "no matter how bad you have it, someone else has it worse." Her optimism is served up with a healthy helping of perspective: "The stress I have from day to day is good stress."

A cool fact about Sunny Anderson is that she grew up as an Army brat traveling the world, indulging in the local cuisine. As an adult, she served as a Senior Airman in the Air Force. So how then did she end up on Food Network bringing you deliciously down-to-earth meals? "The jobs that are on the outside are also on the inside," Sunny explains. She started broadcasting while serving and soon became an award-winning military radio host and news reporter. Cooking was something she did for friends on the side while she was working on her broadcasting career.

Sunny jokes that she thought "if I started charging people instead of doing it for free, then they would stop asking." Instead it led to a successful catering business, "Sunny’s Delicious Dishes." A smart connection through her new business landed Sunny a special guest spot on Emeril Live and ultimately brought her to Food Network.

When it comes to the company she keeps, Sunny says she makes a point to surround herself with positive people. Not surprisingly, in the space of just a short visit, she'll make you feel like you've just done the same.

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