Introducing: Teri Hatcher from the Chopped Celebrity Holiday Bash

by in Shows, November 27th, 2013

Teri HatcherFor one night only, the Chopped Kitchen will turn into a celebrity playground as four television stars take their places at the stove and cook against the clock in three rounds of Chopped competition. Teri Hatcher, Anthony Anderson, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Dawn Wells will face off in the first-ever Celebrity Holiday Bash on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10pm/9c, and in the spirit of the season, they’ll find holiday-themed ingredients in each of their baskets. While these all-stars may be after personal culinary vindication and lasting bragging rights in the kitchen, they’re also competing for charity, and the winner will ultimately be able to donate $10,000 to the organization of his or her choice.

To prepare for this all-star extravaganza, FN Dish is introducing you to each of the celebrities. Today we’re shining the spotlight on Teri Hatcher, who played Lois Lane on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and, most recently, Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives. Read on below to hear from Teri, learn about her experience in the kitchen, and find out her most-memorable meal, must-have kitchen tool and more. Then check back tomorrow for another one-on-one interview.

What’s your background in cooking?
Teri Hatcher: I have cooked my whole life, but … my parents used to pay me a quarter to cook dinner for them when I was … an early young teenager because they both worked. And I have cooked really big sort of traditional Christmas Eve dinners for, like, 25 people or Thanksgiving. But I feel like, especially when you’re thinking about in comparison to this show or being a quote unquote chef … it’s totally different to be able to follow a recipe than to be able to cook. So I’m definitely a really great recipe follower.

Do you cook for yourself or your family on a regular basis?
TH: I do.

What’s your favorite thing to cook?
TH: I didn’t come from a sort of cultural tradition. For me it’s more just what I’ve come to like over the years: fish and meat and vegetables.

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?
TH: I eat everything.

What was your most-memorable meal? What, where, who? Details, please!
TH: I’ve had a lot of memorable meals. I feel like I’ve been fortune enough to hit a lot of the classic sort of, French Laundry, those type of places. But I guess, in particular, there was this one meal I had in Australia on a place called Kangaroo Island at the Southern Ocean Lodge. And it was some sort of insane steak that might have been Wagyu, but it was some sort of crazy-amazing steak …. And I was with a girlfriend of mine … it’s the thing where, when we talk about it … you can, like, literally still taste the flavor. I think when I ate it, I remember saying, I’m not going to brush my teeth for days because I just don’t want this flavor to go away.

What’s your guilty pleasure food?
TH: It’s an interesting question because it kind of implies junk food, and I’m really not a processed-food person. So I guess like a guilty pleasure for me would be … 12 oysters, 12 Kumamoto oysters … I’d feel guilty because it was so expensive.

Do you have a favorite cookbook?
TH: No, but I have a lot of them. I actually collect books, period. So I have quite a few first-edition books, and I sort of got very focused and sad about the idea of the book becoming … obsolete, so many years ago I sort of started collecting them, so I have a lot of cookbooks — a lot of 1950s cookbooks.

What kitchen tool can’t you live without?
TH: Tongs

What’s your favorite “food city” to visit?
TH: New York is the first thing that came to my mind …. I think I may have had some of the best pasta I’ve ever eaten in Florence …. That was a pretty crazy steak in Australia … Napa Valley’s got some amazing stuff. And Los Angeles has some amazing restaurants too. … I just went to Providence, which was great, in Los Angeles. At Barbuto [in New York City], kale salad, egg and pancetta pizza and roast chicken. This is, like, the best bacon and egg sandwich I’ve ever had in my life … it seemed weird conceptually, but it was unbelievable. And then [someone else and I] both had the roast chicken, which apparently [Chef Jonathan Waxman] is famous for. It was a perfect meal.

What’s your favorite late-night snack?
TH: I try not to eat at midnight, but if was going to be forced to, it would definitely be salt, so rather than just having a salt lick, I would probably go with organic popcorn that I pop myself on the stove, and then real butter and salt.

What’s one must-have at your last supper?
TH: Lamb. Perfectly cooked lamb. Oysters. That would be on the list. Lobster. Some sort of french fry. Risotto, maybe. All, of course, cooked perfectly. It would be huge. It would include tiny bites of almost everything.

Rapid fire: Think fast!
Ketchup or mustard? Neither
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Burger or hot dog? Burger
Cream cheese or butter? Butter
Soda or water? Water
Sprinkles or jimmies? Neither

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Comments (8)

  1. Dori says:

    At least she doesn't have pink hair or a neck tattoo. Thank God! Good interview. Would like to watch her cook and see what she can do.

  2. pseudonym says:

    Not only that Dori, she's an actual celebrity. That's rare for the food network, home of the D list of desperation commonly referred to as celebrities.

  3. Kim B says:

    Thank you for bringing awareness to Juvenile RA. My daughter has had multiple immune issues and now has RA. It is difficult to see a vibrant kid suddenly look like an old woman in severe pain. We can only hope that there are continued advancements to help her live a full life. Teri thank you for working so hard for this charity … we appreciate it.

  4. Hjh says:

    You butchered "Cabaret", Teri, why not continue the trend?

  5. Hjh says:

    So sad your daughter's role model is one who bilks the paying public and presents it as an honorable action. Pity that fame and fortune seduced you so completely that integrity went by the wayside. I'm sure you'll feel remorse all he way to the bank. Do consider, for a moment, the message you are delivering to your daughter…if that's within your capacity.

  6. Hjh says:

    If ever you've felt like you're a fraud, it's an accurate assessment. Have to turn off the show because your dis-ingenuity is nauseating. You're a FAKE, Teri. Don't ever forget it.

  7. Hjh says:

    What a phony you are, Miss Hatcher….where does this fit in with your 'press'? You're a fame whore and all the rest is fodder. Shame on you. Really. Great values to pass on to the subsequent generations….bluff on connections, make money, get in the system, and pretend that talent got you there. How honorable….

  8. BClarke says:

    I'm glad she won! I love her glasses, where did you buy the frame and brand name? Thank you, Barbara

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