Hi! I’m Kelsey, nice to meet you.
I host Kelsey's Essentials and Kelsey's Homemade on Cooking Channel and I'm the author of Kitchen Confidence. Most importantly, I'm a mom to Ollie (8), Nora (4), and Penny (6 mo.) with Robby (29ish) as my partner in crime.
I launched my career in food on season 4 of Food Network Star just as I was wrapping up my undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University where I created and hosted a college cooking show called Kelsey's Kitchen that focused on fast, fun, and affordable meals for college students. Food Network Star led me to Kelsey's Essentials, executive produced by Bobby Flay, which was one of the first pieces of original programming on Cooking Channel and earned me a daytime Emmy nomination - the most important thing about this event in my life is that I got to sit next to Ina Garten at the Emmys and chat with her and Jeffrey over dinner (!!).
Kelsey's Essentials eventually grew to Kelsey's Homemade and somewhere in there I wrote my cookbook Kitchen Confidence to help home cooks feel more comfortable in the kitchen. I've been part of the Food Network family since 2008 with appearances on Iron Chef America, Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, Guy's Grocery Games, and Unique Sweets. I also regularly appear on the Today Show and Rachael Ray. I also developed a rotating cast of innovative kitchen tools and small appliances for HSN designed to help you cook with greater ease, confidence, and style. Most recently I had the privilege of playing the role of both executive producer and host of the hit family meets food game show, Dinner Takes All.
I’m so glad that you're here! I hope you're inspired to cook a little more and gather those that you love most around your table.