March 27th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
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We asked via iReport for your stories of that person, place, book, restaurant or dish that made you sit up and start to see food as more than just a three times a day chore. You eat every day, and you've got a story to share.

Every so often, we're sharing the most hunger-inducing and heartfelt ones right 'chere.

iReporter Chris Morrow ran into the judges of MasterChef - Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich - in a field and asked them who taught them to love food. Gordon Ramsay cited a certain French chef, but also had a few things to say about his steak-loving fellow countryman Piers Morgan.

Click tab two to see the video and submit your own touching tale of food fandom via iReport: Who taught you to love food?

Previously - Fame Bites: Piers Morgan

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Pumpkin ravioli recipe wins million dollar prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off
March 27th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
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Think your signature recipe is worth a million bucks? Christina Verrelli of Devon, Pennsylvania, learned today that her Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream isn't just a crowd-pleaser; it's a cash cow.

Verrelli bested 94 women and five men ranging in age from 25 to 77, both new and veteran Pillsbury Bake-Off finalists to earn a prize of $1 million in the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Her victory was announced today on a live broadcast of "The Martha Stewart Show," at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Florida.

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National paella day
March 27th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Invite the whole family and then some for a pile-on paella party - March 27 is National Paella Day.

Not only is this dish rich in a multitude of flavorful ingredients, but paella is just bursting with a storied heritage as well. None of the three varieties are the same, so you'll have plenty to keep you occupied today.

Originally created in Valencia on the east coast of Spain, it has been called Spain's national dish by non-residents, but proud Valencians refer to it as one of their main symbols. Varieties include Valenciana (no surprise there), de marisco (seafood), mixta (a mixture of meat and seafood) and vegetariana (vegetable).

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March 27th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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