Winning Iron Chef America on Food Network:
It's competitive cooking ― very difficult, but it was fun. I never went in anticipating that I could win. This month I'm doing The Next Iron Chef, but I'm not supposed to reveal anything about it.
Her San Francisco restaurants:
Jardinière is 10 years old this year, and we're refreshing it. We're putting in a lounge ― we wanted an elegant bar. Cocktails have come back in a big way. Then I have Mijita, and I help with Acme Chophouse down at AT&T Park. I'm glad Barry Bonds finally put one away.
I drink margaritas more than anything else. I really do like tequila. I'm partial to El Tesoro Blanco.
On growing up in California's San Joaquin Valley:
I'm from Firebaugh. My father's a farmer; he grew cotton, beets, and rice.