I’m Making Cheesecake on the Cooking Channel this Saturday!

Kelsey Nixon and Zoe Francois

On a lark I entered my Chocolate Glazed Praline Cheesecake in a Cooking Channel contest and WON. Oh my, what an adventure. It meant a trip to NYC, an appearance on The Cooking Channel’s Kelsey Nixon Show, a tour of the Food Network Kitchens and an excuse to eat my way across NYC. All of that happened in February and the segment we taped is airing this Saturday 6/30 on the Cooking Channel. I hope you will tune in and see my cheesecake on TV.

As if that wasn’t enough I also met one of my baking/writing/career/life mentors, Dorie Greenspan…

Here is the Chocolate Glazed Praline Cheesecake that won me a spot on the show.

Kelsey Nixon and Zoe Francois

Kelsey Nixon may be the sweetest person on television. I went onto the set as nervous as could be, but she was so genuine and warm that I quickly felt like we were just baking together in my own kitchen, despite a TV crew of 30+ people. It was all so fun and went by much too quickly.

(The hazelnut garnish started to twist and curl with the heat of the lighting. This is one best kept for winter, the summer months are tough on sugar garnishes.)

Zoe Francois Food Network Kitchen

Here is the very talented kitchen staff who helped make my cheesecake look so gorgeous on TV.

Zoe Francois

After we taped the show I got to take a tour of the Food Network Studios and kitchens.

Artisan Bread in Food Network Library

I found a copy of my book on the shelves of the Food Network Library. Ok, that was pretty cool, and the pages were dog eared, which I like to think means someone over there is reading it.

Dorie Greenspan and Zoe Francois

As it turned out the show was being taped the very same week Dorie Greenspan had her cookie pop up in Manhattan. I think the look on my face speaks to how thrilled I was to meet her. I have been in love with Dorie’s work since I first baked my way through Baking with Julia, then Desserts by Pierre Herme, and all of the others leading up to Baking: From My Home to Yours. She is as charming and graceful as she is talented. I came away from meeting her beaming with joy and carrying a box of delicious…

Dorie Greenspan

shortbread cookies from Dorie’s cookie Pop-up Cookie Bar and some other pastries I picked up along my way across NYC.


And doughnuts.


After a completely full few days of excitement and stuffing my face with pastries, I stopped with my mom (who is a source of constant inspiration/love/joy in my life) for a few slices of pie for breakfast in Brooklyn on the way to the airport.



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23 thoughts to “I’m Making Cheesecake on the Cooking Channel this Saturday!”

  1. Congratulations on the recognition of your cheesecake! How exciting to meet one of your idols, simply marvelous.

  2. Simply amazing! Congrats on your beautiful cheesecake! I can see why you won. Kelsey Nixon is just a doll, so fun you were able to hang out with her! Tuning in this weekend 🙂

  3. Congraulations!! I’m so happy to hear you’re getting kudos for your talent!!! I’ve had so many compliments when I use your recipes, and I appreciate your thoughtful posts so much. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to know you’re getting love, especially when I’ve received such positive feedback from your confections 🙂

  4. Congratulations on winning the contest and especially for meeting Dorie. I love her as well. I am going to tapestry the DVR right now.
    Your hard work has paid off with this wonderful experience.

  5. Hi again, I’m trying to set my DVR to record the show and the only Kelsey show is Kelsey’s Essentials, there is one on Saturday on cheese, would that be the right one? Thanks! Just don’t want to miss it!

  6. I have been reading your blog for a long time but this is my first comment–a big congrats! The cake looks amazing and you got to meet Dorie!!!! That is a million percent cool!

  7. Zoe, great post! Your cheesecake is gorgeous and your mom is adorable! Wish they had a link to the episode, as I’m afraid I missed it. My daughter Julia makes a mean cheesecake (she’s 11),so I’m hoping I can convince her to try your recipe, when it’s cooler out. Congrats!

  8. Catching up on your blog now, and I’m freshly devastated that Carey and I moved out of NYC when we did, because we would’ve LOVED to attend your taping!!!! As is, we were busy being very proud of you from the Chicago area. Well done!

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