Hosting Summer's Best is a dream job according to Julie, because it's focused on themes that are most true to Julie’s real life: food and recreation. "What better way to get to know people than cook with them in their summer kitchens? Throw in some water skiing, cliff jumping and hot-tubbing and you've got yourself a serious slice of paradise. I often joke about not leaving when we're done taping an episode. Everyone laughs, but the thing is, I'm not kidding. These people should fully expect to see me back on their doorsteps!"
Julie considers herself a true "chowhound" and is on a constant lookout for great restaurant experiences, unusual ingredients and mind-opening recipes. When not in front of the camera, Julie spends many hours each week training in martial arts and running. When she's at her alternate home in Los Angeles, she focuses on surfing and continues her in-the-trench research into where to get a perfect fish taco and the tastiest tamarindo. Recently, at a sushi restaurant in her neighborhood, she had a meal that was so delicious, she cried while thanking the chef.