We were very excited when we received an invitation to the QVC Headquarters to meet David Venable on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Besides being world's leading video and ecommerce leader QVC is known for their super hosts. David has been with with the company since 1993 and has hosted 8.000 hours of LIVE television. Raised in North Carolina he definitely knows how important home cooking is and how hard it is to keep up for families with today's busy schedules. With that in mind he comes up with comforting and simple, easy to make recipes that are truly delicious. We were able to taste some of his dishes before the taping of "David's Food Court." Our favorite was David's ultimate mac and cheese which we will try to make on our own.
Check out our exclusive interview with David Venable.
What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
David: I think every home needs a great set of knives. We have great knives here on QVC, which is important for any home cook and we have many great gadgets that make cooking easier. We have a genius salad chopper where you can make 19 cups of salad in couple of minutes where it would take you a half an hour to an hour if you were doing it manually. It really is great that on the "Cooking with David" we bring you things that make cooking a little easier in the kitchen and make the recipes a little better by upping your game, making presentation more beautiful everything is cooked more evenly because everything is cut to the same size. I also find that there are some more appliances that I can't live without. A Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is a staple in my kitchen, whether I am baking or making mash potatoes for Thanksgiving all those things become so important. I love my Vitamix in the kitchen making smoothies for breakfast. I usually have a smoothie or oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast.
How do you like your oatmeal?
David: If I am going to make oatmeal on a cold winter morning I would make them with golden raisins, I love them because they have great pops of color and they have great sweetness I love putting vanilla in my oatmeal and either cream or whole milk it is so lovely in the morning and oatmeal as you know is a wonderful slow burning carbohydrate so it keeps you going whole day!
Who usually cooks in your family for the holidays?
I always work on Thanksgiving so unfortunately I don't get to see my family in North Carolina so my friends become my family in the local area. So we have a potluck every year the same group gets together because we are all kind of orphans for Thanksgiving so we always trade off who makes the turkey...So I made the turkey last year, so this year I'll do sides.
So what is your recipe for turkey?
Well I fried turkey and we have a Masterbuilt Butterball turkey fryer on QVC, which made my job a lot easier. I cooked an 18 pound bird in 72 minutes and my oven was freed up so I had space for all the sides and pies. I love making homemade pumpkin pie, I make homemade apple pie and all these recipes are so important for me. You can find all these recipes on QVC.com. There are over 300 of them!
David's Food Court was broadcast live the same evening! Jill Martin and Star Jones competed and the judges besides David were Haylie Duff, actress, singer, food blogger and author of “The Real Girl's Kitchen" and Sunny Anderson, author, host and a chef.
We also spoke with Haylie Duff, who said, "I was with David earlier and he made some delicious bacon jam...I loved it!" Do you in general like bacon? "Hell yeah! He asked me if I was ok to try it, I said, "Texas in the house, of course!" He said, "Good I call it the Divine Swine."...Haha that is the greatest hashtag ever!" So what would you do if you didn't like the dish? "I would be honest, but in a nicest possible way."
We got to interview Star Jones, as well.
How do you spend holidays and who is in charge of cooking dinner?
Star Jones: My girlfriend Holly and I sort of share responsibility for Thanksgiving dinner when I am in town or I just join my friends in an exotic places and we have fun dinner there. I don't make it a traditional Thanksgiving dinner all the time. When I am responsible I make my roast pork dish and my mac and cheese, which is what I am making tonight, but there are times when I don't mind somebody else cook for me. It's important to be with family and friends.
So which are some of those exotic places?
Star Jones: Well, usually winter time we go to the beach. Well summer time, too, but usually the Caribbean for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. I haven't decided yet.
What is the recipe that you are most confident with?
Star Jones: Lobster Mac n cheese, which is what I am making tonight. I have made it so many times it is full proofed quite frankly.
The winner was Jill Marting who prepared breaded chicken sliders with a vanilla milkshake!
Tijana Ibrahimovic contributed reporting.