Fanny Slater, our fun and spunky chick hails from Raleigh, North Carolina. She began her culinary life at age 4 where she began her home-taught kitchen apprenticeship when her dad pulled up a chair next to the stove and handed her a spatula. She worked in restaurants and prep kitchens to receive culinary exposure, but was equally drawn to performing arts. At twenty-five, Fanny moved to Hollywood, California to pursue acting and improv training with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. Several years later, she followed her stomach back to the east coast to open her own catering company. She moved to downtown Wilmington, North Carolina in 2012.
In 2014, she beat out nearly 1,000 other hopefuls from across the country who entered Rachael Ray’s Great American Cookbook Competition. After four rounds of competition on Rachael’s daytime television show, Fanny won the grand prize of a publishing contract under Rachael Ray Books with her first cookbook, Orange, Lavender & Figs: Deliciously Different Recipes from a Passionate Eater It’s filled with humorous childhood tales, presentation tips, and whimsical, contemporary comfort food recipes. Fanny has appeared regularly on The Rachael Ray Show and has been featured several times in Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine.
In her riverfront town of Wilmington, North Carolina—Fanny currently runs her company Fanfare and specializes in food television, food writing, clever product-promoting videos for recipe development partners, public speaking, blogging, and sassy social media eats. Fanny also stars in weekly local cooking segments called Fanny in the Kitchen on WWAY where she creates seasonal, locally-based recipes.
We are so excited to have as one of our co-hosts for Kitchen Sink. As Fanny always says… “Get your Fanny in the Kitchen, grab a fork, and follow along for the tasty ride!”