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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

Paula Deen says she's 'back in the saddle'

Paula Deen continued maneuvering for a comeback Sunday, turning a beachside cooking demonstration into a public apology for the racist comments that decimated her career last year.

The former Food Network star took the stage to prepare chicken and dumplings at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, but before beginning asked the crowd if they minded if she talked about something serious for a moment. Without ever explicitly discussing the allegations or comments she has admitted making, she said she was glad to be back and that, “I am not a quitter.”

“We have come off of a very hard summer my family and I, my team, my partners,” she said to a cheering crowd of several hundred fans. “But you know, I have heard on more than one occasion … that I’ve never apologized. So if anybody did not hear me apologize, I would like to apologize to those who did not hear me.”

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