we will miss Marcela

As long as it has been on the air, The Kitchen on Food Network has been hosted by Marcela Valladolid, Geoffrey Zakarian, Jeff Mauro, Katie Lee, and Sunny Anderson. It is a program that Terry and I thoroughly enjoy. We have missed only a few episodes. We didn’t catch on in time to see Season 1, Episode 1, and perhaps we missed a couple of episodes when we were moving. That’s it.

Late last week Marcela announced on Instagram (@chefmarcela) that Saturday’s show would be her last. Terry and I were both sad, as we loved her presence on the program. She brought a Latina flavor that was otherwise lacking.

The sad thing is that they did not even say goodbye to her on Saturday. The show was certainly taped several weeks ago, and perhaps she made the decision after the taping. Unlike the other hosts she is West Coast-based, and with three kids the decision to stop flying to the East Coast for taping is understandable.

She will no doubt continue her social media presence, but we will miss her on The Kitchen.


3 Comments on “we will miss Marcela”

  1. Larkie says:

    She was the best one on the show..

  2. Coffee says:

    I never heard of Marcela Valladolid until “Mexican Made Easy.” I enjoyed that show. It was heritage specific, which you do not see very often. On “The Kitchen” I felt she was too one dimensional. She added or was expected to add jalapenos to everything. She once pointed that out in a September 2017 show. I also felt like she took a back seat to Katie Lee either consciously or subconsciously. Marcela was always looking at Katie or complimenting her & putting herself down, which was weird since Marcela is a trained chef & Katie is nothing more than a glorified hostess known for marrying an old man. The only thing they share are the whiniest voices ever! You could also tell that Geoffrey Zakarian favored Katie & it was never more apparent than when Marcela & Katie were pitted against each other in “Chopped” & GZ was a judge. I like Marcela & I hope she comes back with a new show & a new attitude & some new self esteem.

  3. Pongo says:

    I miss her. The ensemble cast are obviously genuinely fond of one another and I have never seen an incident of passive aggressive competition between them. I am, however, pleasantly surprised by Geoffrey Zakarian’s ease and warm personality. I’d not seen that before. Each co-host adds a special ingredient to this very successful show — which I did not think could work. I love it when I’m wrong like this. As for their cookbooks, I only have Marcela’s — but I have all three. Her Mexican Lasagna is to die for! And oh, those Mexican Pickled Onions! I wish Marcela “Buena Suerte!” and hope to see her back on the tube.


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