A (semi) quick note about me. My name is Jodi Taffel, a.k.a. The Bacon Babe, and like almost everyone else who has moved to Los Angeles from somewhere else, I am an actor. (I just completed a recurring role as Brenda, The Meatball Lady, on the Disney Channel’s show, SHAKE IT UP and am gearing up to shoot season 2 of the critically acclaimed web series, THE GALLERY). This, of course, means that I often have a lot of down time between jobs. And rather than clean the house or go to the gym, I cook. And like the “good Jewish girl” I am, (insert giggle here) I like to cook with BACON! Hence, my nickname, The Bacon Babe. I also like a challenge, so contest cooking seemed like a natural fit. I have the unique distinction of having won top honors in every cooking contest I have entered, beginning with the 2010 Grilled Cheese Invitational.
Here’s the timeline of events. My friends Heather and Dan entered The Grilled Cheese Invitational in 2009 and won a trophy. Now, I thought that was the coolest thing ever and decided right then and there that I would enter the very next year. I mean, how hard could it be? It was grilled cheese! Well, when I found out that there would be over 200 entries, I almost decided to call it off. But the natural competitor in me wouldn’t allow that. It was either go big, or go home. And one year later, I not only entered The 1st 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational, I WON! Out of 200 “sammiches” in the Kama Sutra Category, I won 1st place!
That one contest started me on a path that, frankly, I never expected to take. I defended my grilled cheese trophy in 2012 and took home 3 more trophies, including the much-coveted “Frontiers In Fromage Award”, and completed my domination of all things grilled and cheesy by beating the best of the best and achieving the Previous Winners Trophy at the Final Grilled Cheese Invitational in 2014. Outside of the contest arena, I made it through 3 rounds of auditions and food tastings for MASTER CHEF, even getting as far as meeting Gordon Ramsey, and was also invited to compete for a slot on THE TASTE with Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain. (Unfortunately, I was already committed to shooting THE GALLERY at the same time). And I won my entry into The 2013 World Food Championships at The Big Bite Bacon Fest, with a dish that includes 4 different Bacons, and 5 different cheeses. Hey, I said it before. I like to go big, or go home!
Now as a part-time actress with a full-time personality, I bring a unique perspective to every challenge I meets. Even out of the kitchen, I seem to cultivate a culinary reputation.