Chrissy Teigen Says Cooking Brings Her ‘Back Down To Earth’

Chrissy Teigen has become famous for many things over the years. She began her career as a model before turning her attention to the world of home cooking.

These days, Teigen is known for her unfiltered commentary on pop culture that she provides via Twitter as well as for her bestselling line of cookbooks and cookware. Teigen is also not afraid to talk about her own struggles, including issues with postpartum depression and body image. Recently, she opened up about the really relatable reason she loves cooking. 

How did Chrissy Teigen become famous?

Chrissy Teigen attends the premiere of NBC's "Bring The Funny" at Rockwell Table & Stage.
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Teigen was born in Utah in 1985. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she spent the remainder of her childhood and adolescence enjoying the warmth and sunshine of the California coast.

A cheerleader in high school, Teigen was discovered by a photographer when she was working a shift at a local surf shop. The photographer encouraged her to pursue modeling, and Teigen followed his advice. 

In 2004, Teigen became an IGN Babe and started modeling for a variety of publications and sponsors. She even worked as a model on the popular TV show Deal or No Deal from 2006 until 2007.

In the summer of 2007, Teigen got her first big break when she appeared on the cover of Maxim. Over the next few years, Teigen became one of the top models in the United States, even working with Sports Illustrated in their iconic Swimsuit Issue.

Teigen also received a lot of press coverage for her relationship with singer John Legend, ultimately marrying him in 2013.

Chrissy Teigen is a home cooking icon

Around the time of her marriage to Legend, Teigen started to explore her talents as a home chef. She curated a popular cooking blog, where she posted recipes and interacted with fans.

The response to Teigen’s recipes (and her commentary on the cooking process) became so popular that she ended up publishing a cookbook in 2016. Cravings: Recipes for All of the Food You Want to Eat became a New York Times bestseller, and led to a follow-up cookbook in September 2018. 

Teigen also has her own line of cookware, created exclusively for Target. In 2019, she launched a brand-new website, focused on food and cooking. The site features new recipes from Teigen, as well as restaurant recommendations, answers to frequently asked questions, and entertaining advice.

It seems as though Teigen’s focus has switched entirely to cooking, as well as being a mom and wife. In a recent interview, Teigen revealed why she loves cooking so much

What does Chrissy Teigen love about being in the kitchen?

Recently, Teigen sat down with Glamour magazine for an in-depth interview. Here, she talked about her past plastic surgeries, how much she now loves what she used to perceive as imperfections and her battles with both prenatal and postpartum depression. Throughout all of the tough times, Teigen admitted that she always turns to her first love: food.

“Being in the kitchen and on my feet, getting to move around is a way to make me feel part of life again,” Teigen said. “It brings you back down to earth. Cooking doesn’t care who you are, you burn sh*t just the same.”

As time goes on, it seems apparent that Teigen will continue to pursue her passion. With a constant stream of new recipes being added to her cooking website, Teigen isn’t slowing down. Her fans are sincerely grateful for that.