home-chef-challenge

Home Chef winner's cooking advice? Keep it simple

Dec. 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM ET

Make Barbara's delicious chocolate Nutella cookies.
Courtesy of Barbara Giacometti
Make Barbara's delicious chocolate Nutella cookies.

The winner of this week’s Home Chef Challenge is Barbara Giacometti, a mom, business owner and educator who has been teaching private Italian cooking classes. Barbara says she enjoys “sharing her love of food and the joy of cooking with her friends and family.” Here, she shares her winning recipe for decadent Nutella cookies.

Courtesy of Barbara Giacometti /

Age: 47

Hometown: Tupelo, Miss.

What does it feel to win TODAY’s Home Chef Challenge?

I am honored and thrilled to win this week’s Home Chef Challenge. I can't believe after 20 years of occasionally making this cookie, my simple chocolate Nutella cookie is finally getting the recognition it deserves! It's simple and delicious.

What’s your favorite cooking tip?

Keeping it simple is best. Limit your ingredients to maximize flavor. When did cooking get so complicated? I like to call myself a self-made home cook.

What would be your ideal last meal?

My friends would say a pasta dish, but for me, it's a true bistecca alla fiorentina (a Florentine steak, preferably while dining in Florence, Italy).

Are you up for the challenge? Enter your recipe here, and vote for the next winner.

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