Introducing Taylor Gaither

From   |  July 18, 2013
In Coffee and Convo, Hometown Scoop, Kitchen Basics

Having flown solo on Kitchen Scoop for over a year now, I've gotten kind of lonely in the kitchen. About the same time I was considering looking for an assistant, a bright, well-spoken young woman who is a current student at UNC- Wilmington contacted me about an intern position. I spoke to her through email and on the phone and thought, this can't be this easy. She's eager, she loves to cook, she's articulate and interested in learning everything I can teach her.

I met her at a local restaurant and our conversation flowed easily and comfortably. I found out she's a NC born and bred girl, just like me. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and wants to learn all about cooking. She loves Food Network and scours Pinterest for great recipes, interesting commentary and fashion. We share the same appreciation in movies and she loves my new hometown, Wilmington as much as I do.

I'm thinking to myself: "OK what's wrong with this girl? Is she real? Is this a joke? Who knew what I needed and is playing this massive practical joke on me?" (I know- my cynicism is showing.)

But it turns out, she's as real as I am. And better at being my assistant than I ever thought she could be. Taylor will hopefully be with us through the end spring next year and I'm excited to see what we can cook up in the meantime.

Enough out of me. I'll let Taylor tell you about herself:

"Hey y'all! My name is Taylor Gaither and I was born, raised, and still reside in North Carolina. I migrated from Hickory, NC to Wilmington in 2010 when I began my freshman year at UNCW.  The time, as it always seems to do, has flown. Now I am now approaching my senior year. My friends all are well aware of my love affair with food, particularly bacon and butter. In fact, close friends call me "Big Tay" because of my big appetite. So I can't wait to share some of my experiences in the kitchen, around town and in life with you here on Kitchen Scoop!"

As you can see from her beautiful picture (Thank you Rachel Ross!), the only thing that is big about her is her personality and appetite. A girl who will eat - That's my kind of girl!

Taylor will begin tomorrow sharing her reviews of local restaurants and views on life from her perspective. Her help testing and re-testing recipes, assisting me on video shoots and loading all this content into the computer will hopefully free me up to do more life-style writing as well.

Join me is welcoming the newest Kitchen Scoop addition: Taylor Gaither! Watch for her blog: "Gaither Gab" beginning tomorrow morning!


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