CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia native Katie Lee's new Food Network show "The Kitchen" is based on a simple concept.
"Everybody always ends up in the kitchen. Whenever you have people to your house, they end up in the kitchen, no matter how nice the living room is," she said.
So that's where Lee and co-stars Sunny Anderson, Jeff Mauro, Marcela Valladolid and Geoffrey Zakarian spend their time.
Each of the chefs has a different style to bring to the show, which airs at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Valladolid's specialty is Mexican food, Anderson is known for delicious but easy-to-make dishes, Mauro is the self-proclaimed "Sandwich King," while Zakarian's background is decidedly gourmet.
Lee, who grew up in Milton, specializes in comfort food.
"I stay true to my West Virginia roots. I like good, simple food, the kind of stuff I grew up eating," she said.
Lee tries to put a healthier spin on those comfort food dishes, however. In the first episode, she cooks up creamy kale and eggs for her co-stars. While the recipe looks indulgent, it replaces cream with yogurt. And while kale has become a hip ingredient for chefs, it also imparts a huge amount of vitamins and calcium to the dish.
"The Kitchen" has been in development since February 2013, but the Food Network made many changes to the show. That entailed "a lot of cooking and hanging out," Lee said, before producers settled on a cast.
"They wanted everybody to genuinely like each other," Lee said. "We all just really had fun together, but it took some time.
"I just love the people that I'm working with. I think when people watch the show they'll be able to see that."
The show's first episode debuted last Saturday. The cast has already taped a few episodes, and plans to shoot a few more next week.