The Next Food Network Star Exit Interview: Did Katie Cavuto Come Off Too Healthy?

This week Katie Cavuto got the boot from The Next Food Network Star, coming up undercooked yet again due to her devotion to serving raw food. While it seemed somewhat misplaced for the judges to kick her off this week (she seemed at her best on Sunday, no?), Katie still aspires to host a health-conscious show someday. But don’t let that reality editing fool you, she says, the Philly-native is totally down for a good burger now and again like any other foodie.

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What was it like watching the show on Sunday?

I watched the show with my friends and family, like I do every week. I was really proud this week because I definitely think it was my best performance. If I was going to go home I was excited to go on a night that I had absolutely no regrets. I was proud of my presentation and it felt like, for the first time, people got a small glimpse of my personality and my passions that didn’t necessarily come through in some of the other episodes.

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In terms of the real Katie, what wasn’t captured on the show?

Unfortunately there is only a certain amount of time for the viewers to get to know us and you tend to see only one dimension of our personalities. You have to be a pretty accomplished person and vibrant to get on the show in the first place. Watching the show, one of the things that stuck out to me the most was how I was [portrayed as] a “health freak.” I’m really far from that. I love a burger and fries like the best of us. [Healthy eating] is just something I’m passionate about and it happens to be my career. I own a business called Healthy Bites where my focus is on green cuisine, going into people’s homes and facilitating life-long changes. Healthy eating, sustainability, organic, these are things that are very important to me and I used this show as a platform to share what I was passionate about. Unfortunately that was really spotlighted and you didn’t necessarily see the other dimensions to my personality. I’m your everyday girl and I live my life in balance—everything in moderation. Obviously I prefer to eat foods that are going to be good for me, but that doesn’t mean that I am walking around preaching the healthy bible and shoving it down people’s throats.

What was your favorite moment or challenge on the show?

I would definitely say this past Sunday night. I really enjoyed both of those challenges. I loved working with kids. I feel like that’s a great place to start as far as instilling life-long habits. I relate to kids well and I’m animated and fun to keep their attention. I had so much fun doing that challenge. Also, a pinnacle moment would have been being on The Rachael Ray Show. It’s a nationally-syndicated show and you’re reaching an audience that doesn’t necessarily watch The Food Network on a regular basis. It was just a great opportunity. We did absolutely awesome and I have no regrets whatsoever and I am completely proud of everything I did this week.

Since the show rapped, what have you been up to?

About three weeks after taping the show I got married. Which was crazy because I actually had to finalize my wedding plans prior to taping the show. Since then, I have been doing as much as I can to promote my business, Healthy Bites, and just continuing on the path I was on prior to the show. I am in the process of writing a cookbook and I have interest in starting a line of organic local baby food. I’m still running full-steam ahead with my dream of having my own cooking show. I truly feel that there is an audience for healthy eating. This might not have been my time, but I learned a lot from the experience. I’m more confident now that this is something I want to do.

Who will you root for on the show?

Obviously we know the way the show ends, but I was really close with Michael and Jimmy during the taping of the show so I will definitely be cheering them on and hoping that they go far.

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