Food Network chef Anne Burrell comes to DeWitt Wegmans

Cazenovia native and Food Network celebrity chef Anne Burrell signed copies of her new cookbook 'Own Your Kitchen' at the DeWitt Wegmans on Friday evening.

Burrell hosts 'Secrets of a Restaurant Chef' and co-hosts 'Worst Cooks in America,' both on Food Network.

Burrell said the book is about her journey as a chef, and comes as an addition to her previous cookbook, 'Cook Like a Rockstar."

Through her books and TV shows, Burrell said she tries to remove the fear from cooking. "If you're nervous and bunched up and fearful when you're cooking, your food reacts accordingly," said Burrell. "So just relax and have fun with it. Try your food. Your food should taste good. And just do it."

Fans lined up inside Wegmans, waiting to meet Chef Burrell and have her sign copies of her book. Garrett Zur was the first person in line, arriving at 3 p.m.

"I love Chef Anne," said Zur. "I'm actually from Binghamton, New York, so I made the hour-and-a-half travel up here to meet her."

Fans of Burrell cited her friendliness and fun atttiude as reasons why they continue watching her shows.

"Some people that don't know how to cook or whatever, it can be kind of scary, especially some of the dishes that she makes because they're complex," said Stephen Lizardo, who came to the book signing. "But she does it in a way that's non threatening. It's easy and fun."

Burrell said she makes a point to try making cooking more fun. "With all my shows and my books, the idea is really to take down the fear factor and turn up the fun factor," said Burrell. "And get people just more confident and comfortable with cooking."

Burrell also offered simple advice for people with a tendency to burn things in the kitchen: turn down the heat.