Monday, 16 April 2012 08:57
Farrah Abraham’s life changed as she became pregnant as a 17-year-old, and the baby’s father died in a car accident right before her child Sophia was born. The next year, she was one of the stars of Teen Mom on MTV.
Now, Farrah is busy raising her daughter while also launching her modeling, writing and cooking careers. Farrah recently signed with Models International. Her book, My Teenage Dream Ended will hit bookstores this summer. Farrah is planning to open an Asian-Italian restaurant, and her line of hot pepper sauce, “Mom & Me,” is already available in stores.
By Gina Chitko
Photos Courtesy of Anderson Group Public Relations
You have your dual degree in culinary management and culinary arts. What got you interesting in cooking?
During the time I was pregnant, I cooked a lot. I tried to eat healthy and use portion control. I cooked a lot of Italian food.
What kind of restaurant do you want to open up once you graduate?
I plan on building a restaurant with a fusion concept. My restaurant will have Italian-Asian cuisine. Something you could get is a fortune cookie filled with gnocchi.
Do you have a favorite celebrity chef?
I look more to Giada [De Laurentiis of Everyday Italian and The Next Food Network Star] and the more modern, family-oriented shows. I’ve met with Food Network and in the future, maybe I’ll have my own show.
And now you’re modeling, too. How do you balance cooking with staying thin for modeling?
Good genes, healthy eating and watching portions since I don’t always have time to work out. Plus I’m always doing things with Sophia—carrying her, taking her to the park.
You also have your own line of… hot sauce?
What better way to make a statement to the world? You can use hot sauce for Italian favorites. I’m looking to expand with a cookware line. Also in the making is a children’s cookbook coming out next year with an app and flashcards, very interactive. It will focus on the children’s side, since I am always thinking about my daughter. Sophia loves to cook with me. She loves to cook pancakes and spaghetti. I teach her about kitchen safety. I think that’s important for every parent.
You’re coming out with a book soon. Did you find it difficult to write about all the things you’ve been through?
It opened me up. I’m in a whole other place now. I’m happy. It’s touching stuff and very relatable to people. It was hard to talk about when I was writing. I definitely cried a lot.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
It’s pretty self-explanatory. After all I’ve been through, hoped and planned—things didn’t go the way I planned.
Do you ever regret being on 16 and Pregnant, or do you think it helped you?
There are good parts and bad parts. I try to have a positive attitude and ignore the bad.
Have you stayed in contact with any of the other Teen Mom stars?
Yes. I stay in contact with all the girls on my cast. I talk to the newer girls on 16 and Pregnant, too.
Your older sister, Ashley, is pregnant. Are you excited to be an aunt?
My older sister is 26 and having a girl. I’m ready to be an aunt since I already have a girl. I’m supporting her and helping her with organizing and planning. I’m giving her baby products from my line and helping her design the baby room.
There has been talk that you’ve been in contact with MTV producers about a spinoff show based on your new life and career. Is this true?
That is an option waiting to happen. MTV is my family. I’m seeing how things play out.
How do you balance both your cooking and modeling careers and spending time with Sophia?
Being self-employed has helped. Living on my own, I can always have Sophia with me. Sophia does early-learning school. My parents will watch her when I have to travel. I don’t feel like I’m missing out. I’m very balanced right now.
What’s the next big step for you?
My new show, my spinoff and my restaurant.