Food & Dining
‘Taste of Home’ a hit in Newnan once again
by Bradley Hartsell
On Nov. 14, the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts hosted the mega-popular Taste of Home Cooking School.
Michelle “Red” Roberts electrified the crowd with her mix of wit, humor and passion for culinary arts.
Roberts opened the show having the audience jump up and yell her catchphrase, “I love food!”
“When I do it up, I do it right,” joked Roberts of her cooking style. When she made a slight alteration to the recipe she was working on, she cracked up the audience with her mock-defiant, “This is my show, so this is how we’re going to do it.”
After each segment, Roberts and her team offered a door prize, such as a 400-recipe cookbook or a slow cooker. Each winner was asked to stand and shout, “I love food!”
The cooking school wasn’t scheduled until 6:30 p.m., but that didn’t stop lines from forming outside of the Centre two hours in advance.
“It seems like every woman in Coweta County comes to see her,” said the Centre’s Emily Wilkins. “She’s so funny. Everybody laughs at everything she says.”
Directly after Wilkins gave her thoughts, Roberts said of her first dish, pumpkin pie cupcakes, “sharing is overrated and optional,” which the audience received with big laughs.
Her next presentation was on mini-cheeseburgers, which she began preparing by liberally seasoning with garlic salt. She sarcastically said, “Exactly one tablespoon.”
Roberts told the crowd she enjoys the mini-cheeseburgers, and small food in general, because “when it’s small, there’s no room for calories.”
For fans of Taste’s show, Roberts’ presentations have become a yearly tradition.
“We keep coming back every year,” said Lind Hoth, a Newnan resident originally from Louisiana. Hoth says she’s been coming to see Roberts perform for six years. “She’s got a great personality.”
Roberts grew up in Mississippi, and throughout high school and college she performed in theater and choir. The early experience as a performer shows on stage. Roberts joined Taste of Home Cooking School in 2002, and has been demonstrating her love and talent for culinary arts ever since.
“Taste of Home” is a magazine filled with all things food, which expanded its presence to include live cooking schools all around the nation. The Taste of Home Cooking School inspires more than 300,000 people across America to become passionate chefs at home. With over 300 events yearly, attendees enjoy recipe demonstrations using ingredients found at the grocery store. In fact, the chosen dishes are submitted by home cooks from across the country.
“From experienced home chefs to beginners learning their way around the kitchen, the Taste of Home Cooking School offers something for everyone — putting a fresh spin on old favorites and adding new recipes to your seasonal repertoire,” said Roberts.
While she’s a loveable character, Roberts’ real gift is getting kitchens in Coweta awake and active.