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Ayesha Curry Says Hosting a Cooking Show at Home Was a Nightmare

Opening up your kitchen to a TV crew comes with a lot of downsides

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Ayesha Curry built her kitchen with dreams of one day hosting a food show from it. And, because she is lifestyle maven Ayesha Curry, that dream came true. “I'm always praying that things are going to happen, and I kinda live in this little bubble. I say it on my Instagram, like my little bubble of happiness,” Curry told Eater Upsell hosts Helen Rosner and Greg Morabito on a recent episode. And then it happens.

When remodeling her kitchen, Curry made sure it was light, bright, and clean, perfect for filming and photographing food for her cookbook, The Seasoned Life. But, when she began hosting her Food Network show, Ayesha’s Homemade, from her actual home kitchen, she found that the reality of hosting a food show from your house is less than ideal. “It had its ups and downs, its positives and its tremendous negatives,” she says.

The prospect of working from home was, at first, exciting. “Besides food, pajamas are my favorite thing in the whole world,” Curry says. “And so when I was told I could film [Ayesha’s Homemade] at home, I was like ‘Yes! I'll get to be home with my girls.’”

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But, Curry didn’t end up spending as much time with her two daughters as she envisioned: “It was a nightmare because I would hear the girls cry and we’d have to wait for them to settle down, and then I couldn’t actually see them all day because I didn’t have as many breaks as I thought I would.”

The third season, if there is one, will not be filmed in her own kitchen. She and her husband, basketball player Steph Curry, have moved out of the house with the TV-ready kitchen, which, Curry admits, is maybe for the best. “I thought I could have the best of both worlds. I’ve learned my lesson entirely,” she says.

Hear the complete interview with Ayesha Curry below, as she chats about partnering with chef Michael Mina, cooking with her kids, and launching a different kind of meal kit. Subscribe to the Eater Upsell on iTunes, or listen on Soundcloud. You can also get the entire archive of episodes   right here on Eater.

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