10 Things You Didn't Know About Katie Lee

Learn little-known secrets about this co-host of The Kitchen.

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Get to Know Katie

You’ve met her too-cute-for-words pup, Gus, and you know she’s a self-confessed "major workoutaholic." But did you know Katie happens to carry hot sauce around in her purse? Yep, that’s true.

She Hates Wasabi

 “I love spicy food, so I’m not sure why I have this aversion to wasabi, but I really detest it,” she says. “Like, wasabi mashed potatoes are, like, blah. No way.”

She’s Not a Midnight Snacker

“I’m asleep at midnight. I go to bed really early, so I don’t have a midnight snack.”

Bobby Flay Is Her Culinary Mentor

“Bobby Flay has become a great mentor to me. He’s one of my very best friends and kind of like a big brother, and I always feel like I can go to him for any kind of advice.”

Biscuits Are the First Dish She Perfected

 “I grew up cooking with my grandma, and that was the first thing I ever learned how to make, and that’s just, like, now part of my DNA,” says Katie.

Get the Recipe: Big Batch of Grandma's Biscuits with Molasses Butter

She’d Rather Go Out for Thai Food Than Make It Herself

“I don’t usually make Thai food at home,” she says. “That would be something I like to order out.”

If She Weren’t a Chef, She’d Be a Facialist

“I would have loved to have been an aesthetician. I love, like, anything to do with — I know this sounds kind of gross — but any kind of zit popping is so fascinating to me,” Katie admits. 

Her Last Supper Would Be a Gluttonous Affair

 “I would have Thanksgiving dinner, fried chicken, pizza and ... oh, what else would I put in there? There would be a soft-serve machine with every kind of topping you could think of, and tons of hot fudge and brownies.”

She Carries Hot Sauce Everywhere

“Probably if you asked me the weirdest thing you’d find in my purse, [it] would be hot sauce,” she says. “I carry around packets of hot sauce. When that Beyoncé song [“Formation”] came out and she said, 'Hot sauce in [my] bag swag,' I was like: 'Yep! I got mine.'"

Go-To Dinner: Salmon

“If it’s just me, like, I’m by myself cooking, I like to make salmon a lot," she notes. "So, I would probably be making myself a piece of salmon, an arugula salad and some baked sweet potato wedges, and that would probably be it.”

Get the Recipe: Salmon with Tomatoes and Capers in Foil

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