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Cheerleader of the Week: Samantha O


Texans Cheerleader of the Week Samantha O knows a thing or two – or three, or four – about cooking. Currently in her first year of culinary school, this rookie cheerleader showed Texans TV how she makes a classic bacon cheeseburger, perfect for any tailgate.

Afterward, she sat down with to discuss her passion for all things cooking. According to the other Texans Cheerleaders, you're quite the cook. Tell us about your cooking background.
Samantha O: Right now, I am a culinary student at the Art Institute of Houston. What I do there is I learn various different cooking techniques from all these different cultural and ethnic backgrounds such as Latin, American regional, Asian and so forth. I also learn a little bit about business, such as how to open up my own restaurant, how to hire people, what to account for as far as buying products and serving products, and I get to build my own restaurant and make a blueprint and all that stuff, so it's fun stuff. Where did your passion for cooking come from?
{QUOTE}Samantha O: I think the reason why I'm so passionate about my cooking is that my family is passionate about cooking. Coming from a military background, my parents both traveled the world and so they have an extremely versatile palate and pretty much passed that on to me. I love all different types of backgrounds of foods; I just have a deep appreciation for every type of cuisine. The only thing I don't like is something that tastes like rotten fish, which I don't think anybody would like. But ever since I was little, I was always asking to help out with the cooking, always asking, "Can I stir that, Dad? Can I cut that, Dad? Can I mix that, Dad? Can I make you breakfast in bed, Mom?" I was just always cooking from the time that I was five years old, old enough to hold a spatula and open up an oven door.

It just blossomed as I grew into just this deep passion. I always want everything in my life to do with cooking, whether it's going to school and learning more about it or just cooking for my friends, my family. I even had a little cooking party where I taught some of the other Texans Cheerleaders how to make a dish, and that was so much fun. And it's just such a great little gateway to get to know people. It's a different way to just be able to express who you are. Cooking is definitely one of the best things that I've ever experienced in my life. often do you cook in the course of a day?
Samantha O:Since I go to school for cooking, I'm basically there from about 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We have five-hour-long classes. I'm cooking from the moment I get up. As soon as I get home from school, I cook some more. I cook lunch, and then I put on the Food Network – can't get enough of it. I eat, breathe and sleep this channel. I cook all the time. I think I cook about 10 times a day, with all my snacks and all of my meals, and it's just cooking for others, cooking for myself. It's so gratifying, and I just can't get enough of it.

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