11 Things You Didn't Know About Sunny Anderson — Chopped All-Stars

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Chef Sunny Anderson and basket, as seen on Food Network’s Chopped All Stars, Season 14.

Photo by: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Janet Rhodes, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

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Sunny Anderson is the host of Cooking for Real and Home Made in America. She grew up traveling the world as an Army brat and along the way indulged in many local cuisines. While in the Air Force, she also picked up an interest in music, which led to her becoming a radio host and a music magazine editor. Before joining Food Network, Sunny ran her own catering business, Sunny's Delicious Dishes. But, did you know there's no food that Sunny isn't willing to try at least once? Find out more about Sunny in her Q&A below.

What's your Achilles' heel ingredient, one that you hate to work with or encounter in someone else's dish?

Sunny Anderson: I'm a true omnivore; I like pretty much all ingredients.

What was your most memorable meal? What, Where, Who? Details, please.

SA: My most memorable meals are ones my Grandma Williams makes or meals throughout the years that I've had to celebrate something.

What's your guilty pleasure food?
SA: Frozen candy bars or macaroni and cheese.

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?

SA: After doing Chopped All-Stars, I'll never eat Seafood Pepper Pot Soup.

Is there one dish that you always order out and never make at home?

SA: Espresso and sushi.
What kitchen tool can’t you live without?
SA: Rasp or knife.

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

SA: I don't consider myself to be "in food". I'm in life and food is a major part of it. I try to do what I love, so I've always had careers surrounding that. I feel like I've already enjoyed so much leading up to this part of my life and I don't have any wants outside of what I'm presently in, which is the part of my life where I share my love of food and my recipes.

What's your favorite "food city" to visit?
SA: New Orleans.
What's your favorite late-night snack?
SA: Grilled cheese or quesadilla.
What's one must-have at your last supper?
SA: Grandma Williams' red velvet cake.
Who's your favorite person to cook with?
SA: Myself.
Rapid fire: Think fast!
Ketchup or mustard? Ketchup
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Burger or hot dog? Hot dog
Cream cheese or butter? Butter
Soda or water? Water
Sprinkles or jimmies? What is a jimmie?

Sunny is competing for N Street Village.
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