Chrissy Teigen’s Mom ‘Pepper Thai’ Spices up Food Network in New Special

Fans of Chrissy Teigen know and love her mother Pepper “Thai.” The former model credits her with her passion for cooking. Pepper’s recipes are some of the spiciest featured in the cookbooks “Cravings” and “Cravings: Hungry for More.” Pepper is also the author of a cookbook titled “The Pepper Thai Cookbook.” She will heat up Food Network in a new special titled Getting Spicy With Pepper Teigen.

Pepper Teigen will star in her own Food Network special.
Pepper Teigen | Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images

Who is Pepper Teigen?

Pepper Teigen is the mother of Chrissy and Tina. She hails from Korat, a city in Thailand’s Isaan region.

Pepper, whose real name is Vilailuck, spent the better part of her childhood helping her mother cook.

Pepper emigrated to Utah in the early 1980s. She tried to replicate the tastes of home in her small town.

However, she struggled to find the necessary ingredients.

She married Teigen’s father, Ron, in 1983. When the Teigen family lived in Washington, she and Ron ran a small-town tavern, Porky’s. Subsequently, Pepper learned to cook American food for her customers.

“It’s where she earned her nickname Pepper. Restaurant patrons tried some chili flake-heavy dishes, which she’d made for herself, and found themselves ‘screaming,’” reported Bustle.

Pepper Thai will star in a new Food Network special

Pepper Teigen cooks on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Pepper Teigen cooks on The Kelly Clarkson Show | Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

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Variety reported that Pepper would star in her own Food Network special titled Getting Spicy With Pepper Teigen.

The half-hour special will make its debut in November on The Food Network and on the streaming hub, Discovery Plus.

Pepper will share the stage with her eldest daughter, Tina. Together, the women will cook recipes inspired by family favorites. The half-hour special is executive produced by Pepper’s youngest daughter Teigen.

“The Teigen’s have shared their love of cooking and entertaining on their popular social media channels and in their best-selling cookbooks,” said Courtney White, president, Food Network & streaming food content at Discovery Inc.

“We are thrilled to bring their a special look at the whole family in action. Cooking and eating together like never seen before,” White continued.

Pepper wants to show viewers its ‘easy’ to make Thai food at home

John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and Pepper Teigen on the set of Family Feud.
Pepper Teigen (R) cooks up her spicy specialties for daughter Chrissy and husband, John Legend. | Byron Cohen/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

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In a statement published by Variety, Pepper said she wants to show viewers how easy it is to create Thai dishes at home.

However, those who believe that Pepper’s recipes are all about blazing hot food will be pleasantly surprised.

Pepper will show how she balances heat with the sweet, salty, and sour tastes of traditional Thai dishes.

“I’m so excited to share my family’s favorite recipes that we’ve been making and eating for a long time,” said Pepper.

“I can’t wait for viewers to see how easy it is to make Thai food at home. After they try these recipes, I know that fish sauce will soon be the new ketchup and pantry staple!”

FoodNetwork.com/GettingSpicy will publish links to the recipes featured on the special.

Getting Spicy With Pepper Teigen will debut on Saturday, Nov. 6 at noon EST on Food Network.