VERONA (WSYR-TV) - It was a homecoming for Anne Burrell Saturday as she cooked in front of an audience filled with childhood friends from Cazenovia.
Burrell's passion for cooking comes from her mother, who still owns a flower shop in downtown Cazenovia.
Burrell said, "We always had a giant garden. That got me interested in cooking and going out to the garden to pick stuff and understanding seasonality."
Burrell hosts several shows on the Food Network and has written many books.
"It's exciting and it takes me to really amazing places," Burrell said. "I get to do a lot of exciting things, but really I'm just a cook."
The cook with Central New York roots has a message for the folks in charge of the New York State Fair: she wants to visit.
Burrell said, "They've had Mario Batali, they've had Bobby Flay. What about the hometown girl? I've worked with both of those guys. Hello I'm from here."