‘Selena + Chef,’ ‘The Pioneer Woman,’ and How the Pandemic Made Cooking Shows Better

You don’t need me to point out how much COVID-19 took away from all of us in 2020, but in a bizarre twist, the challenges of quarantine might have inadvertently pushed one genre to the next tier of excellence. Cooking shows — whether hosted on Food Network, HBO Max, or YouTube channels — nimbly adjusted to home kitchens where chefs finally had to confront the reality home cooks faced every day. More than that, the format of cooking shows like Selena + Chef or Amy Schumer Learns to Cook helped professional chefs react on the fly to a novice’s

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A Western New York woman turned her passion into her livelihood

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Jessica Betzig of Hamburg has always had a passion for food.

“I grew up in the restaurant business. My parents owned a restaurant so I’ve been around food my whole life,” she said.

But it was not until this year that Jess decided to turn her passion into her livelihood.

“Over the summer, a family member asked if I would make some healthy meals for them instead of them buying it from other meal prep places,” Betzig said. “I said sure [and] then after a few weeks, I shared the menu on my Instagram,

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