Get to Know Guy's Grocery Games Judge Catherine McCord
Former print and runway model Catherine McCord went from the catwalk to the kitchen. After graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education, she saw an opportunity to showcase her easy family-friendly recipes; that's when her blog, Weelicious.com, was born. Her latest cookbook is Weelicious: One Family. One Meal. When this mom of two isn't busy testing recipes, she's serving as a judge on Guy's Grocery Games. Discover Catherine's favorite guilty pleasure food and what she loves most about grocery shopping.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Catherine on Guy's Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
Do you prefer shopping in a small market or a supermarket?
Catherine McCord: I’m about specialty markets. I can always find what I need in specialty markets, but somehow, Flavortown is like the happy medium.
Do you prefer self-checkout, online ordering or a real person?
CM: If I'm in New York City I prefer self-checkout, and if I'm in Los Angeles I want to a have a person. As long as the person’s nice, I always prefer a person.
Is there one thing you can't leave a grocery store without?
CM: I mean, I've got two kids, so there's no way I could ever escape without, like, milk and yogurt.
What's the one thing you love/hate most about grocery shopping?
CM: I’m an addictive grocery shopper. I feel like I’m that person that wants to go to the grocery every day. There always seems to be something I need. I’m just inspired walking down the aisles. I get really jazzed up and my kids really love going to the grocery with me.
Give me five ingredients or less in coming up with your best dish.
CM: Here we go. Best dish on the show: pork tenderloin, bourbon, brown sugar, Dijon mustard and fresh ginger.
CM: I love Aisle Down. Every time we play Aisle Down I think it's such a challenge.
CM: My first food memory was my grandparents. We went to U-pick farms, so all of the food that we ate — predominantly fresh food — came from U-pick farms or my grandparents' backyard and just sitting in the basement with my grandfather pulling the strings out of sugar snap peas and just that respect and love for food.
CM: Just ice cream. Anything that is ice cream. I’m not even picky about flavor. It’s always my guilty pleasure.
CM: I’m still, like, a chicken pot pie girl. There’s something about that crust and that creamy center and the chicken, and my grandmother made it homemade for me. And I still love a frozen grocery Stouffer’s chicken pot pie.
What's the most-surprising or oddest thing we'd find in your fridge, food or otherwise?
CM: Well, my husband would say you can't even find your way to anything because our fridge is packed. Probably pickled okra. I just love, love me some pickled okra.
Where do you see dining trends going? Do you have one you absolutely love or hate?
CM: I’m not a big fan of shared plates. I somehow want my own meal. I do love trying a bite of everyone's dish, but I sort of love having my own appetizer, my own entree. But having said that, I love kaiseki, which is a type of Japanese cuisine and I love just these incredible artistic bites of food. That always excites me because I always feel like I’m a very visual person. So I like it when a cuisine is just as good to look at and gorgeous to look at as it is to taste.
CM: I am working on Weelicious menus. I am pitching a show. So there is a possible show in the works and working on Weelicious every day. And I’m working on a home food-delivery business that launches in the spring called Prepped, and it delivers organic foods to families so they can prep the foods themselves so you don’t have to go grocery shopping. A lot of the work is done for you so that you can still cook a home-cooked meal and you can save a lot of time.
Quickfire (Name the first thing that comes to mind):
Favorite ice cream flavor: The junkier, the better
Favorite sweet or dessert: Not going back to ice cream. I’m going to go with my second favorite: white-trash s’mores.
Favorite salty snack: It’s not really potato chips. Salted nuts. Salted peanuts.
Tune in to Guy's Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.