Fanny Slater Bio

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Jason DeCrow, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Fanny Slater has food in her genes. Her mom founded the nationally acclaimed bakery business Rachel’s Brownies in 1975. Three years later, Fanny’s parents decided to run the company together and created an enormously successful corporation that would live on for decades. Fanny grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, where, at age 4, she began her home-taught kitchen apprenticeship when her dad pulled up a chair next to the stove and handed her a spatula. She worked in restaurants and prep kitchens to receive culinary exposure, but she was equally drawn to performing arts. At age 25, Fanny moved to Hollywood, California, to pursue acting and improv training with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. Several years later, she followed her stomach back to the East Coast to open her own catering company. She moved to downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, in 2012.

In 2014 she beat out nearly 1,000 other hopefuls from across the country who entered Rachael Ray’s Great American Cookbook Competition. After four rounds of competition on Rachael’s daytime television show, Fanny won the grand prize of a publishing contract under Rachael Ray Books, an Imprint of the Atria Publishing Group. Fanny’s first cookbook, Orange, Lavender & Figs: Deliciously Different Recipes from a Passionate Eater, is now available online and anywhere books are sold. Fanny describes the book as Tina Fey meets Rachael Ray meets the girl next door who drinks craft beer and makes bacon jam just for fun. It’s filled with humorous childhood tales, presentation tips, and whimsical and contemporary comfort-food recipes. Fanny has appeared regularly on The Rachael Ray Show and has been featured several times in Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine.

In her riverfront town of Wilmington, Fanny currently runs her company, Fanfare, and specializes in food television, food writing, clever product-promoting videos for recipe-development partners, public speaking, blogging and sassy social media eats. Fanny also stars in weekly local cooking segments called Fanny in the Kitchen on WWAY, where she creates seasonal, locally based recipes.

In November 2016, Fanny’s on-screen dreams came to fruition when she was offered the position of co-host for the second season of Food Network’s popular series Kitchen Sink. Keep an eye out for Fanny in many episodes to come.

Get your Fanny in the Kitchen, grab a fork and follow along for the tasty ride!

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