Behind the Scenes in Food Network Kitchen: Vivian Chan, the Home Cook Advocate

Get a sneak peek into a day in the life of Food Network recipe tester Vivian Chan.

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You may have heard of Food Network Kitchen, which is housed inside the famous Chelsea Market in NYC. But what is it, exactly? Well, FNK (as we like to call ourselves) is a team of about 30 people who develop, test and edit recipes, write about and photograph food, and work as culinary producers on many of your favorite Food Network shows. From the moment we step into the kitchen/office, we are completely immersed in all things food. And it’s awesome.


Some of us even have two offices, one for writing recipes and the other for cooking. Vivian Chan, who is the recipe tester in the test kitchen and works primarily on Food Network Magazine recipes, has two such offices just 30 feet apart! She’s the home cook’s best friend, meticulously testing almost all of the recipes that appear in the magazine, making sure they are fun and delicious for you at home. She also develops recipes (like this Stir-Fried Broccoli in Oyster Sauce) and manages many of our amazing interns and the food budget for groceries.

So rest assured, Vivian is bouncing back and forth from her desk to her kitchen, working hard to make sure you have amazing cooking experiences at home!

Photos by Rupa Bhattacharya

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