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Raised by her grandparents in a rural town off the coast of North Carolina, Nikki was first introduced to cooking by her grandmother at the age of seven. She spent many summers in the kitchen with her grandmother preparing breakfast and learning how to preserve fresh fruit and vegetables from their garden. It was at that moment that she developed an interest for cooking and by the age of 10, she knew her way around a cookbook and began using them for inspiration.
Nikki Bell was one of 16 home cooks from across the country who competed on the Food Network’s culinary competition series, America’s Best Cook. Hosted by Ted Allen, the 16 cooks were divided into four teams representing the South, North, East, and West. Each team was mentored by a Food Network chef. Nikki proudly represented Team South, mentored by celebrity chef Cat Cora.
Committed to bringing family members back to the dinner table and recouping their love for Sunday dinners. Her first cookbook, A Bit of This, A Bit of That: Comfort Food for the Eclectic Soul was published in 2014. The cookbook is available for sale in the 'Shop' section of the website. Each hard copy purchase is personally autographed by Nikki.
"A recipe has no soul, you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe."
"Time spent with my family is time well spent, especially when it's around the