The Interview — Rachel Stocker, Creator of Food Life Love
Rachel Hutchinson’s love for cooking began in high school. After discovering Giada De Laurentiis on the food network, she realized she had a passion for food and wanted to learn to cook. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, she decided to pursue her culinary dream and moved to New York City, where she enrolled in the French Culinary Institute. Upon graduation, she accepted an internship with well-known chef Stephan Pyles at his prestigious downtown Dallas flagship restaurant, ‘Stephan Pyles.’ After finishing her internship, she followed her passions for recipe testing and cooking for others in her own kitchen. She has Instagram to thank for her inspiration to start the Food Life Love blog, as she ate her way through Dallas posting photos and becoming a true “foodie to follow.” FoodLifeLovebyRachel.com is Rachel’s outlet for sharing her healthy recipes, fashion tips, and travel expertise. Her favorite things in life are food and travel, which she demonstrates for all of her following.
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How did you get started in your career:
While I was studying marketing at SMU, I would watch Giada De Laurentiis’s Everyday Italian cooking show during my class breaks. I grew up dining out for most of my meals, so I was fascinated by her easy and fun approach to cooking at home. I fell in love with cooking by watching her and decided to apply for culinary school.
What do you love most about cooking:
I love that cooking brings people together from their busy lives to just enjoy good food and each other's company.
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Walk us through a typical work day:
A typical Monday would begin with a big cup of coffee and Good Morning America. From there, I take an Orange Theory class, then make a bite to eat. Then, I'll create a meal plan for the week and a grocery list, then head to Central Market and purchase everything I'll need. I’ll usually cook at home four nights a week. During the afternoon, I recipe test for the blog and then prep dinner. I make dinner for Ben and myself—usually a family member or two will join—and we'll eat while watching The Bachelor. I end most nights with a long bath.
Advice for someone looking to pursue a career similar to yours:
Go for it! The culinary industry can be a scary one to pursue, but If you commit to it and follow your passion, every day will bring you so much joy!
Biggest challenge you've faced in your career and how did you overcome this obstacle:
When I worked on the line at a restaurant, some of the male chefs would push me around and belittle me. It was definitely upsetting, but I tried not to let it get to me. If anything, it made me want to prove to myself to them that I was capable and could handle just as much as they could.
Describe your perfect meal:
My perfect meal would be a big bowl of pasta bolognese, a side of garlic bread, a kale Caesar salad, and a glass of Italian red wine. Ever since I got married in Italy, I have been on a major pasta kick!
Your most recent culinary discovery and obsession:
My most recent culinary obsession would be a tie between Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi and their Everything but the Bagel Seasoning. I have this gnocchi about two times a week, and I put that seasoning on just about everything. SO good.
Cocktail of choice:
My cocktail of choice would probably be a skinny margarita made with Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau, lime juice, and Topo Chico.
Share your biggest guilty pleasure:
My biggest guilty pleasure would have to be a bowl of TCBY white chocolate mousse yogurt with butterfingers on top. It’s a heavenly combination if you have never tried it!
List three words that describe you best:
Three words that describe me best would probably be passionate, family-oriented, and loyal.