BEHIND-THE-SCENES: New Team Member, Andrea Weigl

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Please join us in welcoming Andrea Weigl to Team ACL! Many of you may know Andrea from her years as a respected journalist. She is not one to brag, but she brings a ton of know-how to our team that spans a plethora of subjects as proven by her recent James Beard Foundation Award nomination in a new journalism category for local impact for her stories: “Southern Season’s Woes Ripple Through State”; “The True Story of a Chef’s Chef”; and “Pitmaster: Sam Jones Takes ’cue to the Next Level.”

We couldn’t think of a better way to welcome Andrea than by asking her “6 Questions!”

Tell us all the interesting tidbits about yourself.
I'm a former newspaper reporter. I started out covering courts and talking to Southern lawyers all day and ended up interviewing chefs and home cooks as the food writer for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. I'm the mom of a 5-year-old daughter, 
Josephine who has been known to say, "Vivian is my favorite cooker." My husband owns two grills and a smoker and cooks more often than I do.

Can you tell us how you got involved with A CHEF'S LIFE?
Three years ago, I wrote a profile of Vivian Howard and Cynthia Hill: The Chef & The Filmmaker. A few months ago, I mentioned in passing to Vivian that I was looking for new job and was at the time doing some research on another project for Cynthia. They called and offered me a job.

How would you describe your role on the show?
I'm still really new to my job, having only started in mid-February. My role so far has been to be a writer and researcher for the show.

What are some other cool projects you've worked on?
I wrote a cookbook, "Pickles & Preserves," which is part of the University of North Carolina Press' Savor the South series. I also serve as chair of the James Beard Foundation's book awards subcommittee, which is an honor and lots of fun for someone who loves to curl up on the couch and read cookbooks.

What's your favorite episode of A CHEF'S LIFE?
Any episode featuring Miss Lillie.

If you were stranded on a deserted island (or just outside of Kinston) with only one food item and one utensil, what would they be?
High-quality dark chocolate, which doesn't require a utensil.


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