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Ally Phillips

I'm the quintessential food pusher/lover, Great American Grandma, and home cook who perpetuates the power, legacy & magic of cooking.

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How long have you been cooking?

I've been cooking since I was knee high to a grasshoppper. Spent hours and hours in the kitchens of my Croatian mom and paternal Grandmother. Growing up in Appalachia, cooking was done full-time at home, virtually all meals. No fast food or pizza places. No carry out. No delivery. The art of cooking healthy nutritious meals was inculcated in me from a young age. Our family garden supplied fresh vegetables and canning helped us make it through the winter.

What is your signature dish?

My signature dish? Beans. Yes, simple cheap inexpensive beans that have been the staple of American tables and other cultures cuisines around the world for centuries. Beans can be elevated to chic eating levels. Beans, healthy and accessible, are full of protein and are the most divine comfort 'gourmet' food known to mankind IF prepared the right way. Beans cross cultures and cuisines and with 400 types of beans, we all have our favorites!

What will you do with the $50,000?

What an honor if I'd be awarded this money! I'll continue to finance my website and creation of recipes and cooking videos. Teaching folks how to elevate and make healthier/simpler everyday meals makes a huge difference in their overall attitude, mood and daily living. This winning money will help finance the ongoing overhead and expenses of this worthy adventure. With over half a million followers on social media, my website is the place where they find their happy and comfy.