Kelsey Nixon got her start in the food media industry when she created Kelsey’s Kitchen, a college cooking show at Brigham Young University, emphasizing fast, fun and affordable meals. After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she attended Le Cordon Bleu – Hollywood, where she earned her professional culinary arts degree. This degree paired with training from the French Culinary Institute in New York City provided opportunities 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.
Kelsey’s passion for the essentials in the kitchen has taken her one step further and she now hosts her own show on Cooking Channel. In Kelsey’s Essentials, Kelsey inspires a new generation of food lovers with her own fresh take on essential cooking basics. She gives her savvy tips on must-have pantry items, the latest gadgets and essential kitchen techniques – from roasting to baking. Kelsey’s passion is creating recipes that target the beginning cook – breaking down the basics, teaching proper technique and making everyone feel comfortable in the kitchen.
Kelsey lives in New York City with her husband Robby where she spends her days developing recipes and cooking up a storm.