Celebrity Judges

Celebrity Judge Jacklyn Zeman with
Host Gary Rhodes
Jacklyn plays the character of "Bobbi" on "General Hospital"
It's ironic that the best job on MasterChef USA — tasting all the superbly cooked food — is also the hardest: choosing just one contestant, from what is always very stiff competition, to win each program!

Host Gary Rhodes, a celebrated chef from Britain, is always one of the judges. Gary is helped each show by two special guest judges from the food and entertainment world.

These guest judges are noted chefs, cookbook authors, and cooking enthusiasts in their own right. Scroll down to see how many you know!

Rick Bayless | A.J. Benza | Tom Bergeron | David Brenner
Michael Chiarello | Bobby Collins | Jerry Anne di Vecchio
Tom Douglas | Barbara Fairchild | Benjamin Ford
Richard Kaupp | Damian Mandola | Mark Miller
Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger | Donna Mills
Bill Nye the Science Guy | Mark Peel | Suzanne Rogers
Piero Selvaggio | Suzanne Sena | B. Smith | Laurin Sydney Allyson Thurber | Nancy Vaziri | Jacklyn Zeman

Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless is a chef of world renown, specializing in the cuisine of Mexico. He has received countless awards, including Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine, 1988; Best American Chef: Midwest, The James Beard Foundation, 1991; and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Chef of the Year Award, 1995. After hosting a 26-part PBS series, Cooking Mexican, Rick spent more than six years in Mexico, researching the culture and cuisine. His two now-classic cookbooks were born of his immersion in the flavors and foods of Mexico: Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico (1987) and Rick Bayless' Mexican Kitchen: Capturing the Vibrant Flavors of a World-Class Cuisine (1996).

Rick opened the Frontera Grill in Chicago 1987, specializing in contemporary regional Mexican cooking. The elegant Topolobampo followed in 1989, one of America's only fine-dining Mexican restaurants. Both of Rick's restaurants have received awards and distinctions from, among others, Conde Nast Traveler, Wine Spectator, Zagat, and the International Herald Tribune.

Rick has made many television appearances, including Good Morning America, Today, CBS This Morning, and In Julia Child's Kitchen with Master Chefs. He has written for several publications, including Food & Wine, Eating Well, and Vegetarian Times and Fine Cooking. He is active in Chefs Collaborative 2000, a group in support of sustainable agriculture, and in Share Our Strength, the nation's largest hunger advocacy organization. Currently, Rick consults for restaurants, teaches Mexican cooking throughout the United States, and leads cooking and cultural tours to Mexico.

A.J. Benza

A.J. Benza is the host of E! Entertainment Television's primetime series Mysteries & Scandals. A.J. set his sights on becoming a writer and an actor early on. He studied acting and journalism at C.W. Post University and, shortly after graduating, started his professional career as an intern for the suburban New York daily newspaper Newsday, where he worked as a sportswriter for eight years. A.J.'s next position was as a columnist for the New York Daily News, writing the daily Hot Copy and Downtown celebrity columns. A.J. is also the author of numerous articles for such magazines as George, Cosmopolitan and Playboy.

A.J.'s on-camera experience includes roles in the feature films Ransom, Conspiracy Theory, The Deli, Chump Change, P.S., Your Cat is Dead, and Dairy of a Sex Addict. His autobiography, Fame: Ain't it a Bitch (Confessions of a Reformed Gossip Columnist), will be published by Miramax/Talk Books in April 2001. A.J. currently splits his time between residences in New York City and Hollywood.

Tom Bergeron

As host of Hollywood Squares, Tom Bergeron has ample opportunity to showcase his outrageous sense of humor. It is this sense of humor and Tom's sharp wit that have earned him an impressive resume of television ventures. After a start as a disc jockey, Tom created and hosted a late night comedy talk show that tripled the audience for its time period. He then joined WBZ in Boston, hosting several programs, including two Emmy award-winning shows for children. Tom went on to host Breakfast Time on Fox's cable channel, FX, which was later moved to the Fox network. Tom was signed by ABC as the permanent backup for anchor Charlie Gibson on Good Morning America. His success continues with the hugely popular Hollywood Squares, for which he won an Emmy in 2000 as Best Game Show Host. Tom lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.

David Brenner

David Brenner is probably best known for guest hosting and numerous appearances on The Tonight Show. He continues to appear regularly on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. Before achieving fame as a stand-up comic, David enjoyed a successful career behind the camera as the writer, producer, and director of 115 documentary films and head the distinguished documentary departments of both Westinghouse Broadcasting and Metromedia Broadcasting. His documentary work has earned him nearly thirty awards and citations.

When David released his autobiography, Soft Pretzels with Mustard, its tremendous success inspired the publisher to sign him to a multiple book deal. David's HBO special, David Brenner: Back With a Vengeance, was broadcast live from the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in February 2000. He continues to perform his stand-up comedy around the country, commuting from his Los Angeles home, which he shares with his wife and three sons.

Michael Chiarello

Michael Chiarello began apprenticing in restaurants at age 14. Just a few years after graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in New York, he was named Chef of the Year by Food & Wine magazine. Michael is the chef and co-owner of Tra Vigne (Italian for "among the vines") in the Napa Valley. He has consistently won accolades as one the top chefs in the country, including Chef of the Year from the Culinary Institute of America and the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award. Michael has developed a passion for creating his own ingredients, pressing local Napa Valley olives with a traditional Italian press, baking bread, focaccia and pizza dough at his PanORama baker, and creating Consorzio Foods, a line of intensely flavored olive oils named Best Product Line at the 1994 International Fancy Food Show.

Michael has since opened several other restaurants: Tomatina and Bistecca, both of which he plans to expand nationally, Caffe Museo in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Ajax Tavern and Bump's, both in Aspen, Colorado. His books include the critically acclaimed Tra Vigne Cookbook: Seasons in the California Wine Country, which serves as the basis for his public television series, Season by Season, as well as Flavored Oils: 50 Recipes for Cooking with Infused Oils and Flavored Vinegars: 50 Recipes for Cooking with Infused Vinegars. Michael is currently working on several books and a new television series to begin airing in 2001.

Bobby Collins

Bobby Collins is one of today's leading comedic talents. Previously an opening act for such talents as Frank Sinatra, Julio Inglesias and Cher, Bobby is now a headliner in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, as well as in comedy venues throughout the country. Bobby also has an impressive resume of television appearances, including HBO's Comedy Showcase, A&E's Evening at the Improv, Showtime's A Pair of Jokers, and appearances on several television series, including L.A. Law, Sisters and Herman's Head. With a nod to his comedic talent, Rosie O'Donnell selected Bobby as her replacement as the host of VH-1's Stand-up Spotlight, where he received rave reviews. Bobby has also earned CableAce and American Comedy Award nominations.

Bobby lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two daughters. He is dedicated to his family and to the special needs of children. He has donated the proceeds from both of his comedy CDs, Bobby Collins: On the Inside and Bobby Collins: Out of Bounds, to non-profit organizations that provide assistance and support to children with special needs - a cause close to his heart and home, as his daughter, Madison, is one of those children.

Jerry Anne di Vecchio

Jerry Anne di Vecchio is the Senior Editor of Food and Entertaining for Sunset Magazine. She authors The Sunset Food Guide, a monthly column that focuses on her passion for and knowledge about food, as well as writing and editing numerous features for the magazine. Jerry Anne has produced many of Sunset's best-selling cookbooks, including New Easy Basics, The Best of Sunset, the Sunset Recipe Annuals from 1988 through 2001, and many of Sunset's specialized cookbooks, including those focused on Italian, French, Mexican, Scandinavian, and Country cooking styles.

Jerry Anne graduated magna cum laude from San Jose State University with degrees in both home economics and journalism. She has traveled extensively to study food preparation and local cooking techniques, covering regions in Europe, Asia, Mexico, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. She is the founding president of the San Francisco chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, and has held positions in the American Institute of Wine & Food, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, as well as other organizations, both culinary and humanitarian. Along with her position at Sunset Magazine, and her involvement with various professional and community groups, Jerry Anne teaches classes in food and wine from university to cooking school levels.

Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas, started cooking at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington before heading to Seattle in 1978. There he tried house building, selling wine, and railroad car repair before returning to cuisine. Tom opened his first restaurant, Café Sport, in 1984. Next he opened the Dahlia Lounge, one of the Northwest's premiere restaurants, in 1989. In 1995, Tom opened Etta's Seafood, in the remodeled Café Sport location, and in 1996, the Palace Kitchen. Tom describes the Palace as his dream kitchen, with baking, prep, and butchery for all three restaurants taking place on site.

Tom has helped to define the Northwest style, or "Pacific Rim Cuisine," as it sometimes called. He has won many prestigious awards, including Best Northwest Chef and one of the country's best new restaurants, for the Palace Kitchen, both from the James Beard Foundation. In addition to his three tremendously successful restaurants, Tom has introduced a popular specialty food line of rubs for fish, meat and poultry, opened the Dahlia Bakery, and released his first cookbook, Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen.

Barbara Fairchild

Barbara Fairchild is Editor-In-Chief of Bon Appetit Magazine. In her twenty-two year career with the renowned culinary publication she has held key positions, including Senior Editor and Executive Editor. Prior to her tenure at Bon Appetit, Barbara spent five years at Carte Blanche magazine, where she held the position of Senior Editor. She has also written for radio and television stations in Los Angeles.

Barbara serves on the National Advisory Board of the James Beard Foundation in New York, and is the Committee Chairperson for the Foundation's annual Journalism Awards and is a judge for the annual Foundation awards for chefs and restaurants across the country. Barbara is also a member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals, where she is a judge for its Bert Greene Awards for Food Writing.

Barbara's outstanding accomplishments in the epicurean world were recently recognized when she was named recipient of the 2000 James Beard Foundation award for "Who's Who in Food and Beverage in America."

Benjamin Ford

Benjamin Ford studied the culinary arts at the University of Dijon in France and the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. After graduating, Benjamin apprenticed with two of the country's finest chefs, Deborah Madison of Greens and Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. He then moved to Southern California to cook with Eberhard Mueller of Opus and Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton of Campanile. With this impressive background, Benjamin struck out on his own, opening Chadwick in Los Angeles, with co-chef Govind Armstrong, with whom he cooked at Campanile.

Benjamin has drawn inspiration for his life from his mother, a fine cook and artist, and his father, actor Harrison Ford, a skilled craftsman and artist. His paternal uncle, Paul Lee, co-founded Alan Chadwick's original organic garden project at the University of California at Santa Cruz, a major influence on Benjamin's chosen career path.

Richard Kaupp

Richard Kaupp is considered a leader in Nuevo Latino Cuisine, fusing it with Asian flavors. He is the owner of the highly successful Asia de Cuba restaurant in the chic Mondrian Hotel, and looks forward to opening a new restaurant in San Francisco. Prior to venturing out on his own, Richard worked in famous kitchens in Los Angeles for ten years, including a stint under chef Gary Claussen at the prestigious St. James Club. He has also worked with Allen Parret and Philip Costner at Universal Studios, catering movie premieres and special events for up to 12,500 people.

Damian Mandola

Damian Mandola is co-host of the popular PBS cooking series, "Cucina Amore." His love for cooking and for combining traditional Italian cuisine with local flavors and styles prompted him to open his own casual eatery called Damian's during his senior year of college at Sam Houston State. After returning to Houston he opened Damian's Cucina Italiana, a citywide favorite that offered a fine-dining version of his original restaurant. As the demand for more casual Italian restaurants grew, he founded Carrabba's with his nephew, Johnny Carrabba. With their combined love for cooking and creating a fun, friendly atmosphere, Carrabba's has grown to a fifteen-state restaurant empire. Johnny is also the co-host of "Cucina Amore."

Damian has loved to cook since he was a child. His mother Grace taught him the basics of Italian cooking at a very young age. Amazing Grace, as the family often calls her, also gave Damian a love for exploring local flavors and cuisines, such as Creole cooking. As Damian himself explains, "Our family originally came to Louisiana [from Italy], then to Texas, so our food draws on what's good in all those cultures. It's a combination, like saying "Ciao, y'all."

Mark Miller

Mark Miller is an internationally recognized chef, restaurateur and author. Born and raised in the Boston area, Mark moved west to study anthropology and Chinese art at the University of California at Berkeley. He began cooking professionally with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, and then opened his first restaurant, the Fourth Street Bar & Grill, in Berkeley in 1979. After eight years as a successful restaurateur specializing in American wood fire grill cuisine, Mark decided to concentrate on Southwestern cooking, opening the Santa Fe Bar & Grill in Berkeley. His next enterprise, the now legendary Coyote Café in Santa Fe, quickly became one of the country's leading restaurants in regional cuisine, and Life Magazine named Mark one of the most influential chefs in America. Mark's subsequent restaurants include the Red Sage in Washington, D.C., the Coyote Café & Grill Room at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, and, with Mark turning his expertise and passion to Southeast Asian cuisine, Raku: An Asian Diner, in D.C., Longbar in San Francisco.

Mark is the author of nine cookbooks, including the best selling Coyote Café Cookbook, The Great Chile Cookbook, The Great Salsa Cookbook, and Mark Miller's Indian Market Cookbook. Mark is also an active food consultant and a key speaker on national and international panels on the history and sociology of food.

Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger began a culinary partnership after cooking together in Chicago, and again in Paris. They opened their first restaurant in 1981, City Café in Los Angeles, featuring country French cooking. Their critically acclaimed Border Grill followed in 1985. Subsequent openings include Big City in La Brea and a second Border Grill in Las Vegas. Their guest appearance, on Julia Child's Cooking with Master Chefs, gave them a taste for using television to reach a large audience with which to share their culinary flair, encouraging them to create Too Hot Tamales for the Food Network. In the summer of 2001 Mary Sue and Susan will launch their new PBS program, Border Girls.

Mary Sue and Susan have co-written five cookbooks, including City Cuisine and Mexican Cooking for Dummies. They have recently introduced a line of pepper mills, custom dinnerware and glassware and are consultants for American Airlines, having designed menus for the airline's flights to Mexico and Central and South America. In 2000, Mary Sue and Susan teamed with Whole Foods to introduce Border Girls, a line of healthy take-out foods.

Donna Mills

Donna Mills is perhaps best known for her nine-season role as Abby Cunningham in the primetime television drama Knots Landing. Born and raised in Chicago, Donna began studying dance at the age of five. She danced in summer stock productions and national touring companies before attending the University of Illinois. After settling in New York, Donna won an understudy role on Broadway in Woody Allen's first play, Don't Drink the Water. Working steadily since then, Donna has credits in theatre, television, and film. She appeared in the plays Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Love Letters, in television series including Melrose Place, Dream On, and The John Larroquette Show, in the films The Incident and Play Misty for Me, and in more than thirty television movies, including Moonlight Becomes You, Dangerous Intentions, and the miniseries Alice in Wonderland.

Donna started her own production company, Donna Mills Productions, which has produced such issue-based television movies as An Element of Truth and My Name is Kate. She also created a best selling beauty video, The Eyes Have It. Donna is involved in a range of philanthropic and political organizations, and has served on several boards, including ECO (Earth Communications Office) and Women In Film.

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye combined a technical background with talents for education and comedy to create one of the most memorable characters on TV today: Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Bill earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and spent several years in the engineering field before launching his career in entertainment. "Bill Nye the Science Guy" originated on Radio KJR in Seattle, and he took the character along with his writing and performing skills to Almost Live on KING-TV, where he earned 13 local Emmy Awards.

Bill was the producer as well as writer and host of the Emmy-Award winning Bill Nye the Science Guy series co-produced by Buena Vista Television (Disney) and KCTS in Seattle. During the five years this series was on public broadcasting, it earned 25 national Emmy Awards, and a place in the hearts of science-loving children across America. He has published the books Big Blast of Science, Bill Nye's Consider the Following, and Bill Nye the Science Guy's Big Blue Ocean. He is currently consultant, spokesperson and on-air host with Noggin Television, and continues working as a consultant on engineering projects.

Mark Peel

Mark Peel is the Executive Chef and owner of Campanile restaurant. Born and raised in California, Mark majored in History at the University of California at Santa Barbara before transferring to the hotel and restaurant department at California Polytechnic University at Pomona. While in college, he wrangled a job prepping vegetables for chef Wolfgang Puck at Ma Maison restaurant, and, as part of the apprenticeship program, he was sent to work at two three-star French restaurants, La tour d'Argents and Moulinde Mougins. After spending a year working at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Mark served as head chef for Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant.

Mark has won several distinguished awards, including Restaurateur of the Year from the Southern California Restaurant Writers (1995); Best New Chefs, Food & Wine Magazine (1989); the Fine Dining Award from Nation's Restaurant News (1996); and three nominations for Best American Chef, California by the James Beard Foundation (1996, 1995, 1990). Mark, along with his wife, pastry chef Nancy Silverton, has authored two books, Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton At Home: Two Chefs Cook for Family and Friends and The Food of Campanile.

Suzanne Rogers

Suzanne Rogers has portrayed Maggie Horton on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives for more than 27 years, a part for which she won an Emmy as Best Supporting Actress in 1979. Suzanne has been a performer since she was a toddler, entertaining her family with her enthusiastic dancing, eventually landing a spot with the renowned Rockettes dance troupe. Suzanne's tremendous singing and dancing talent earned her a role in her first play, 110( in the Shade. Over the next eight years in New York, Suzanne landed roles in Coco (starring Katharine Hepburn), Hallelujah Baby, Follies, and in the national touring company of Funny Girl.

Suzanne was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in 1984. During a yearlong hiatus from Days of Our Lives, Suzanne battled the disease with remarkable inner strength. Now in remission, Suzanne has been named national spokesperson for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. As she continues in her role as Maggie Horton, Suzanne lives a strong, healthy, and full life.

Piero Selvaggio

Piero Selvaggio was born in Modica, Sicily. He emigrated to the United States at the age of eighteen, and spent his first few months washing dishes in the New York University cafeteria. Moving to Los Angeles to live with an uncle, Piero worked at night as a busboy at a restaurant while attending college during the day. Five years later, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Romance languages (Piero speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and English) and had advanced to manager of the restaurant.

When he was twenty-four, Piero and a friend opened Valentino, a Los Angeles restaurant specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Eventually Piero bought his partner's share of the restaurant, while growing it to include a larger dining area and a world-renowned wine cellar. With 1300 labels, Valentino's wine selection is considered one of the best in the world and has been recognized as one of the ten best wine lists in the United States by Wine Spectator magazine. Piero has since opened two additional restaurants, Primi in Los Angeles, and Posto in the San Fernando Valley.

Piero and his restaurants have been recognized with many awards, including America's Top Table from Gourmet Magazine, the California Restaurant Associations Educational Foundation Hall of Fame award, the Grand Award for Outstanding Wine List from Wine Spectator, and a listing in the Who's Who in America Hall of Fame by Cook's Magazine.

Suzanne Sena

Suzanne Sena is the host of E! Entertainment Television's primetime series Celebrity Homes, joining celebrated personalities in their homes for one-on-one interviews and tours. Suzanne joined E! in 1997 as an entertainment reporter and substitute anchor on E! News Daily, the cable network's flagship entertainment news program. She moved on to host the weekly E! program Out to Lunch, taking celebrities, including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Jessica Parker, Donny Osmond, and Paul Sorvino, out to dine at various culinary hot spots in Los Angeles and New York. Along with hosting Celebrity Homes, Suzanne continues as a contributing reporter on E! News Daily and is a regular host for E! live events coverage and pre-shows for the Golden Globe, Emmy, and Oscar awards ceremonies. Suzanne has interviewed literally hundreds of Hollywood's A-list actors, directors and producers.

Prior to joining E!, Suzanne hosted HBO's Preview Weekend and Ralph Lauren's Home Collection. Suzanne got her start in the Southwest, as a reporter and segment producer for Nightlife Albuquerque, a weekly entertainment news show, and as a guest co-host of the Southwest's number one morning show Good Morning, Texas.

B. Smith

B. Smith is the host of B. Smith with Style, a nationally syndicated television series now in its third season, broadcast in 207 markets nationwide and twenty-two countries. B. is also the owner of three B. Smith's Restaurant's, in New York, Washington D.C., and Sag Harbor. B. Smith's Entertaining & Cooking for Friends is the first tabletop entertainment and lifestyle book authored by an African American. Part of a four-book deal with Random House, B. Smith: Rituals & Celebrations was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award.

As a culinary and lifestyle expert, B. was recently recognized by Elle Décor magazine as one of America's ten most outstanding nonprofessional chefs. She was also the first African-American woman elected to the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. A frequent guest on television entertainment programs, B. has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, Today, Good Morning America and Live with Regis & Kathie Lee. B. began her professional life as a model, and was the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Mademoiselle; she has appeared on the cover of Ebony and on five Essence covers.

Laurin Sydney

Laurin Sydney has been co-anchor of CNN's Showbiz Today, network television's only live, daily program broadcast worldwide devoted to entertainment news, since 1989. In her 15-year career with CNN, Laurin has interviewed distinguished entertainers including Audrey Hepburn, Whitney Houston, Gregory Peck, and Lucille Ball. She provides live, behind the scenes coverage from the Academy Awards each year, as well as the Grammy Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, and the Telluride Film Festival. Before joining CNN, Laurin hosted Epcot Magazine for the Disney Channel and was an on-air spokesperson for Showtime, hosting the series Talk Back to Showtime, which won a CableACE Award.

Allyson Thurber

Allyson Thurber began her culinary training in hometown Sacramento, California restaurants. In the mid-1980's, she moved to New York City, where she worked at the renowned restaurants Mortimer's and An American Place. After graduating as Valedictorian from the Culinary Institute of America, Allyson moved to London for the position of sous chef at the Diplomat Restaurant in Grovsner Square. Her next move brought her back to the States, where she worked as sous chef at Checkers, under head chef Thomas Keller. She was the opening head chef of the now nationally acclaimed Water Grill in Los Angeles, and then executive chef at Philadelphia's famed Striped Bass.

Allyson has made numerous television appearances, including The Morning Show, PBS's Great Chefs, and on the TV Food Network. She is currently executive chef for the wildly successful The Lobster restaurant in Santa Monica, California.

Nancy Vaziri

A self-taught cooking enthusiast and housewife from Chicago, Illinois, Nancy Vaziri won the very first Master Chef USA in 2000.

"Nancy exhibited all the qualities of superb amateur cooking", remembers Gary. She's someone who became enthusiastic about cooking when she saw its power to bring her family and friends together around a good meal. In fact, she brought a picture of her family to the set as a source of inspiration. Nancy's cooking wasn't "fancy" but it tasted fantastic.

Described by friends as "The Gatherer", Nancy, a medical practice office manager, has a reputation for bringing people and food together. Nancy's motto is "Good food and good drink leads to good relations between people".

Nancy's family and friends' high anticipation for her cooking makes her give her all. Inspired by Julia Child, Nancy is impressed with Julia's essence as a human being, the respect she has earned in her profession, and her absolute dedication to the love and devotion of all aspects of cooking. La Technique by Jacques Pepin was the first illustrated guide Nancy read. Since then, she has practiced those fundamental cooking techniques over and over and relies on this reference guide today!

In Nancy's kitchen, creativity begins with her knife. To her it is the key component that allows all cooking possibilities to begin. A favorite in her kitchen is onions. "I love the whole onion family - roasted, stuffed, fried, marinated, cut in to curly-cue fashion, or just raw".

With her interest in crafts, art, culture and food, Nancy strives to facilitate better friendship and understanding through mealtimes and is the first person her friends think of for recipes, cooking inspiration and advice in food-related issues. Her enthusiasm for food is contagious.

Jacklyn Zeman

With twenty-two years and more than four thousand episodes as nurse Bobbie Spencer on ABC's General Hospital, Jacklyn Zeman is well-known to daytime television viewers. She is one of the most visible and well-liked actresses on network television. Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Jacklyn completed high school at the age of fifteen, and went on to study dance at New York University. Dancing and modeling while completely her studies, Jacklyn got her first break into daytime television in New York on ABC's One Life to Live. After her character met an untimely death, Jacklyn moved to Los Angeles to begin her role on General Hospital.

Throughout her career, Jacklyn has performed in off-Broadway and community productions, several feature films, and primetime television programs, including Chicago Hope and Mike Hammer. Jacklyn received critical acclaim for her lead role in Montana Crossroads, an ABC Afterschool Special. Jacklyn has been a frequent guest on television talk and game shows, including Oprah Winfrey, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and Hollywood Squares. Jacklyn is also a champion of humanitarian causes, helping to promote public awareness for such causes as organ donation, hepatitis B, cystic fibrosis, leukemia, and pediatric heart surgery.

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