To say that Cristina Ferrare has done it all would be an understatement. The former supermodel and current supermom is a bestselling author, a lifestyle and culinary expert and the co-host of The Hallmark Channel’s daily two-time Emmy nominated series, Home & Family. When she’s not on set, Cristina is busy working on her sixth book, making sure that her family is well cared for – and well fed – and championing for Alzheimer’s awareness. While some might say “all in a day’s work,” according to Cristina, it’s not work if you love it!
Cristina the Co-Host
Since joining Home & Family as a permanent co-host in 2012, Cristina has had the privilege of sharing her passions for cooking, decorating, entertaining and healthy living with millions of viewers each and every day. Part of what makes Cristina so appealing is her nurturing nature and innate ability to make people feel like they’re a part of the family. In fact, Cristina considers the Home & Family set to be an extension of her own home. The set even looks and functions like a real live home; complete with love, laughter, chaos and a flourishing vegetable garden in the back. Being surrounded by a warm, loving environment enables Cristina to share her life experiences and expertise with her guests and audience in the most authentic way.
In addition to co-hosting Home & Family, Cristina also provides original content to her website, CristinaFerrareCooks.com. Each week, Cristina shares her own recipes, great finds, cooking tricks and DIY tips for everything from decorating, table setting and floral arrangements to money management. She also acts as a “Tastemaker” on FOODILY.com, where fans can follow Cristina’s recommendations on outstanding recipes that she finds on the web.
Cristina the Philanthropist
With a firm belief that certain foods can support brain health and function, Cristina also lends her support to Maria Shriver’s My Brain Movement initiative to help wipe out Alzheimer’s. Cristina empowers others by sharing her recipes that support brain health and encouraging women to understand why diet and exercise play a crucial role in slowing down the early onset Alzheimer’s genetic risk factors.
Cristina the Early Years
Everything that Cristina does in life stems from her two greatest passions; her family and food. Growing up, Cristina remembers her home being filled with the aroma of wonderful food and sounds of music. Although her family didn’t have a lot of money, Cristina always felt like the richest kid on the block, simply by having a loving home filled with family and delicious food. She was also surrounded by strong female influences and role models; especially her mother and grandmother. From them, Cristina learned the true value of family, as well as the importance of being a self-sufficient woman.
Cristina the Supermodel
Cristina’s desire to give back to her family inspired her to make her first career move early on in life. At the age of 16, Cristina became the spokesperson for Max Factor and two years later she signed on with the Ford Modeling Agency in NYC. During this time, Cristina quickly rose to supermodel status, gracing the covers and pages of every major fashion and lifestyle magazine from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar to Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal. She also starred in two feature films; The Impossible Years with David Niven at the age of 18 and the critically acclaimed, J.W. Coop with Oscar® winner Cliff Robertson at the age of 21.
Cristina the Go-Getter
Although the glitz and glamour were alluring, Cristina’s family helped to keep her grounded. They also taught her that it was ok to reinvent herself as long as she followed her heart and remained true to her beliefs. After 20 years as a supermodel, Cristina realized that it was time to move on. She began hosting TV shows including CBS’ Shame on You and NBC’s Women are from Mars, Men are from Venus with Dr. Drew Pinsky. During this time, Cristina became reacquainted with her true passions – cooking, décor, family and wellness – now the focus of her work. She continued to explore new opportunities within these areas, including the creation of a home accessories line.
Cristina the Author
Cristina also found the time to pen several bestselling books including the New York Times bestseller, Okay, So I Don’t Have a Headache, Cristina Ferrare’s Family Entertainment, Cristina Ferrare Style and Realistically Every After and her most recent cookbook, A Big Bowl of Love.
Cristina the Next Chapter
Today, Cristina is gearing up for Emmy-nominated Home & Family’s fourth season and another 52 week cycle of original programs. She’s also working on her sixth book, What’s Inside Matters; a cookbook focusing on the link between food and brain health. Cristina lives in Westlake Village with her husband, entertainment executive Tony Thomopoulos. They have a blended family of seven children and four grandchildren.