Julia Child. I remember watching her show as when I was younger. Thanks to her and my aunt, I became interested in cooking. Highlight of my cooking life? Helping prepare a luncheon at the James Beard House and preparing dishes for Food TV, both for the launch of Five Brothers Premium Pasta Sauce (don't laugh - I got a couple of great recipes and some fabulous wine ideas thanks to Chef Roberto Donna).
And to think it all started with me in my family room, watching Julia Child on PBS.