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Kelsey Nixon calls herself a good Mormon girl from Utah, but she typifies the ambition and zest for life that many women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints manifest.
Kelsey created a cooking show while she was a student at Brigham Young University. Her recipes were fast, fun, and affordable. She graduated in 2007 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, but her ambition was always to have a cooking show of her own on a major TV network. She earned a professional culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Hollywood. She also went for training at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Springing from that experience and training, she was able to make guest appearances at Martha Stewart Living and on Food Network’s Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee. In 2008, she was a contestant on The Next Food Network Star, where she was voted ‘fan favorite,’ and went on to star in the Food2 web series Kelsey and Spike Cook, with Spike Mendelsohn.
She now hosts her own show on the Cooking Channel called Kelsey’s Essentials. She begins with cooking basics and adds her own fresh twists, meanwhile making suggestions on choosing and using kitchen equipment and cooking tools. Her passion is creating recipes for beginning cooks. She teaches culinary techniques that increase comfort in the kitchen.
Because of her career demands, Kelsey now lives in New York City with her husband Robby.