My late son TJ planted a dream within me. It all started when I got pregnant. Immediately after we learned about this new life, I became inexplicably drawn to food television. Over the course of my pregnancy, this new love grew into what felt like a calling to have my own food TV show.
When TJ was five months old, I came up with my first TV show concept. I flew to NYC, and shot a mini-show (or sizzle) with my friend/producer Matt Meyer. A few weeks later, we found out that TJ was sick and everything changed.
After TJ died, and following a grueling five-year healing process, I inched back towards this calling. My husband and I decided to move to NYC, and I made it my mission to learn everything possible about food journalism and making television.
Fast forward to now (eight years later), and I’m finally producing and hosting my first food TV pilot! I feel like TJ gave me this dream so that I would have something to move towards, and find joy in, after he was gone.
I have no idea where this pilot will go, but I know that I’m following my soul. The show is called FOLLOW THAT CHEF, where I follow celebrity chefs from sunup to sundown to discover what their real lives are like, and who they really are behind the cameras. I’m totally thrilled, a bit terrified, and completely alive.
THANK YOU TJ!