Susan Feniger, the exuberant star of Top Chef Masters Season 2 owns several Los Angeles restaurants, including the street food-celebrating Street. But, she tells F&W's Kate Krader, cooking is just one of her obsessions.

June 01, 2011

1. Bicycle

"I have an old blue 10-speed; I'd probably be fine with no speeds. Once a year, I ride my bike on the beach."

2. Movies

"I love, love, love going to the movies. I've seen four in one day; on long plane rides, to places like India, I can watch even more. I love Rabbit-Proof Fence—the more depressing the movie, the more I like it."

3. Novels

"She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb is moving and sad and it feels real. It's about a young woman's struggles. I like things that teach you about real-life situations. It's why I love therapy."

4. Music

5. Childhood Job

"My father had a flower shop in Toledo, Ohio, called the Flower Market. I hung out there from the time I was five; my job was to put pins in the corsages. It was nuts during homecoming."

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6. Spice-Rubbed Ribs

"I'm not a BBQ ribs person. But I like sweet, salty and spicy combos, so these ribs are perfect for me."

7. Gerbera Daisies

"I adore the way they look and their colors. Not regular daisies—just gerberas. I also like the simplicity of sunflowers."

8. Rice Cookers

"For anyone who doesn't like to cook, it's the greatest thing. You can make a big pot in the morning and have it sitting for hours."

9. Vietnam

"In an alley in Ho Chi Minh City, I had the most unbelievable bun thit nuong—a bowl of rice noodles with grilled pork, cucumbers, chiles and fish sauce."

10. Earrings

"I have nine piercings in one ear. My sister did the first one; my parents had gone outside to see a fire truck and I told her, 'Quick, now!'"