Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kelly Fiore: TASTE TEST

Cooking and writing are two of Kelly Fiore’s greatest passions; others include cupcakes, facials, and VH1 Classic. Kelly has a BA in Creative Writing from Salisbury University and an MFA in Poetry from West Virginia University. She received Individual Artist Awards for Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2005 and 2009. When she's not writing, Kelly is listening to hair metal and shopping for more large sunglasses. She teaches English in Maryland where she lives with her husband, Matt, and her son, Max. As a former fry cook and waitress, Kelly never fails to throw salt over her shoulder, both for luck and to absorb the grease on the floor.

You can find Kelly on her blog, on twitter, or here.

Kelly is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon at Foundry Literary + Media. Her debut, TASTE TEST (formerly FOOD FIGHT) is forthcoming from Walker Books for Young Readers/Bloomsbury USA in Spring 2013.

If you can grill it, smoke it, or fry it, Nora Henderson knows all about it. Her father owns one of North Carolina’s most successful barbeque joints and she’s been shredding pork and basting baby back ribs since she could reach the counter. When Taste Test, a reality cooking show for teens, accepts her for their fifth season, it’s a chance for Nora to get out of her humble hometown and break into the big leagues of the culinary world. When she shows up on set at the North American Culinary Academy, however, it’s not just the New England weather that’s ice cold. Fights with her high-society roommate and run-ins with the son of a famous chef force Nora to work even harder to prove she’s a force to be reckoned with. But, despite winning challenges and falling for a fellow contestant, Nora can’t ignore the mysterious accidents that are plaguing the kitchen arena. It seems like someone is conducting eliminations of their own and Nora’s determined to get to the bottom of the mystery before she, or anyone else, is “86ed” for good.

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