Katie, 30 (Philadelphia, Pa.), provides personal chef, cooking, and nutrition services through her self-started company, Healthy Bites. She developed her knowledge and passion for food at Johnson and Wales University and Tufts University where she also became a Registered Dietician. Katie brings a creative and competitive charm to the kitchen where she uses unprocessed, organic, farm-to-table ingredients to create simple and nutritious meals.
Food specialty: Healthy, sustainable, green cuisine with a passion for Mediterranean food
Favorite restaurant: Vetri, Amada, and Tinto in Philadelphia
Three foods you can't live without (other than bread or water): Greens, seafood, beans (and I secretly love bacon)
Food you won't go near: Veal, lamb, and organ meats (especially foie gras)
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Cow's tongue and lamb's tongue
Interests: Being outside, my city garden, going to the farmers market, organics, local foods, cooking, traveling, the beach, the rainforest, being goofy with my friends, making people laugh, wine, my dogs (I heart bulldogs), scuba diving, working with kids (and sometimes acting like a kid)
Favorite Food Network chef: Alton Brown, Tyler Florence, and Mario Batali
Favorite shows (doesn't have to be Food Network): Lost, Californication, Entourage, Project Runway, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Office, and various shows on Food Network, Green Network, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel
Favorite food destination: Other then my kitchen? Spain, Southern France, Italy, and Greece
Culinary inspirations: The farmers market, my grandpop's garden, my family, my clients, having a healthy body and planet
Three people, alive or dead, whom you'd like to invite to a dinner party: Anthony Bourdain (I want to tag along on his travels and culinary adventures), Dalai Lama, and my grandparents (I cheated; this is two, but I couldn't pick one)
Favorite books: Whole Foods Encyclopedia; Eat, Pray, Love; Kite Runner and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Favorite movies: Constant Gardener, Babble, I Heart Huckabees, Little Miss Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, Wedding Crashers, Royal Tenenbaums and Garden State
Why do you think you should be The Next Food Network Star? I think I have a unique way of making healthy food and cooking approachable. I have a warm, bubbly, engaging personality that shines on camera. I can bring new information to the network about sustainability, organics, and the benefits of buying local food! I live what I teach, and I am passionate about my food!