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Cat Cora dishes on mentoring 'America's Best Cook,' Southern cuisine

Like any great athlete, Cat Cora is ready for competition with the new Food Network show America’s Best Cook.

Premiering Sunday night, the show, hosted by Ted Allen, is The Voice meets food with four renowned chefs leading individual teams of home cooks divided by their home regions. Cora mentors the South, Michael Symon the North, Alex Guarnaschelli the East, and Tyler Florence the West. “We’re all friends and all known each other for years, so it makes it kind of a fun competitiveness,” Cora tells EW. “But there was definitely a lot of trash talking on the show between us!” What’s unique about this competition and what gets Cora most excited is the opportunity to work with home cooks and not just professionals. When it comes to cooking, it’s all about passion first and technical skills second, Cora contends. “I definitely think someone can be taught to be a great cook and even go on to be a very good chef, and we see that; there are a lot of people with a passion for cooking but not a natural flow or gift.” READ FULL STORY


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