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Round 1 - Sweet Treats Bracket
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Question
Most of us remember you fondly as an actor on a popular TV show that was on air for many years. Today, you’re an entertainment news TV show host, a sports commentator and father. How do you fit it all in and how did you get your start in the sports world?
Answer
I believe in achieving balance and that includes my meals! I’ve been an athlete my whole life, and that’s how I got into boxing and sports commentating. Whether it’s hosting television shows, parties or barbeques at my house, I love to entertain with friends and it’s a great way to stay in touch. Food is always at the center of our get-togethers!
Question
Will you be hosting any viewing parties during the college basketball season?
Answer
Yes! I have a lot of friends in Los Angeles, and a lot of family that come over to my house too. My place is always the place to go to for gatherings! I usually have at least 15 friends at the house to watch big sporting events, and there’s always plenty of food and drink, including beer, to go around!
Question
Any special plans to celebrate all the excitement surrounding this year’s college basketball season?
Answer

Yes! I’ve teamed up with Betty Crocker to launch 16 beer party food recipes that are the perfect complement to any viewing party. Cooking with beer is a hot trend in the world of food right now and I’m excited to share these recipes with fans.

The Betty Bracket combines the things I love most about sports – good friends and good food – and I’m excited to share these amazing beer party food ideas with other fans like me.

Question
We’re excited to have you on our team this March!
Answer

I’m excited. I think the Betty Bracket is great and it’s right up my alley. I love food!

We’ve made many recipes with Betty Crocker at home – my fiancée especially – and so did my Mom when I was growing up. My sister is a really, really good cook and she’s used Betty Crocker cookbooks as well.

Question
Will you be hosting any viewing parties during the college basketball season?
Answer

Yes! I have a lot of friends in Los Angeles, and a lot of family that come over to my house too. My place is always the place to go to for gatherings! I usually have at least 15 friends at the house to watch big sporting events, and there’s always plenty of food and drink, including beer, to go around!

Question
Check out the Beer Queso Nachos in the Cheesetastic Bracket
What is your favorite Betty Bracket recipe?
Answer

My favorite Betty Bracket recipe, the Beer Queso Nachos, is a great recipe choice if you’re planning a college basketball viewing party with your friends. You can have fun with this recipe and make it your own.

The Betty Crocker team has created these 16 party food recipes that each include beer as an ingredient – which is the new, hot trend in the world of cooking right now! I think you’ll love how much flavor the beer will add to these 16 Betty Bracket party food recipes.

Question
Which recipe do you think will win this year’s Betty Bracket competition?
Answer

Because I am competitive, I want my favorite recipe – the Beer Queso Nachos – to win the second annual Betty Bracket recipe showdown! Vote online for this recipe and check out the complete list of 16 beer party food recipes at www.bettycrocker.com/bettybracket.

Question
Mario Lopez cooking in the kitchen with his trusty sidekick
Tell us a little about your interest in cooking.
Answer

I’ll start by saying that health and fitness is a top priority in my life. I came to a point in my life where I realized my diet wasn’t what it needed to be. So I got a bit more educated on cooking and food so I could eat better. However, to this day, I love food and I’m not a calorie counter!

Question
Do you cook for your fiancée, Courtney and your daughter, Gia?
Answer

I love to cook and I love to eat all types of food – cake too! My family loves food as well, so while I started out cooking for myself, I’ve now started to learn what to cook for them as well.

My fiancée is a great cook, and my baby Gia has my appetite!

Question
Do you ever offer cooking tips to your friends?
Answer

I do, but usually for the weekends we aren’t always focused on the healthy route. I believe in balanced meals but you’ve got to live! Relax and enjoy yourself. It’s how you stick to a balanced, healthy diet!

Betty Bracket - Battle of the Beer Party Foods!
We love Mario Lopez on TV - and in person! We sat down with him to get the detailed
Entertainer, fitness guru and sports commentator, Mario Lopez, is stoked to host this year's Betty Bracket. He's already earned big hosting cred on the nationally syndicated daily show EXTRA and MTV's highly-rated program, America's Best Dance Crew. He also appears as a recurring commentator on HBO Boxing and wrote the New York Times best selling healthy eating guide, Extra Lean and workout guide, Knockout Fitness.
Beer Inpsired Deliciousness
Tall Dark and Stout Chocolate Layer Cake
Beer Battered Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Over the Moon White Ale Cupcakes
Beer Mi Asian Meatball Subs
See All Betty Bracket Recipes
Love a cold one now and then? This year, our Betty Bracket recipes are all-out beer infused. A trip to a local brewery helped them research flavor pairings of food and beer. Delish!
From Idea to Bracket
From Idea to Bracket
Go Behind the Scenes
The Betty Crocker kitchen experts abound in food ideas, but what about beer? Instead of using ready-made beer, the Betty team whipped up homemade brews of their own.
Betty Brews A Beer
Betty Brews A Beer
Score Some Inspiration
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