November 04, 2015 04:35 PM

Giada De Laurentiis is right: Wendy Williams is excellent at her job.

Cooking alongside De Laurentiis on Wednesday’s episode of The Wendy Williams show, Williams asked the Food Network star whether she had begun dating since her September 2014 divorce from Todd Thompson after 11 years of marriage.

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“I love how she just dropped that in the middle of it, that’s what makes you good at what you do Wendy!” De Laurentiis said. “I’m going to say kind of, and I will tell you, this is the first time I’ve actually said that!”

While preparing her scrumptious-looking “American Breakfast Rice Bowl,” the cookbook author opened up about her love for cooking — and how it helped her navigate her divorce.

“I’ve always loved cooking, and I always say that I sort of gained my confidence as a young girl in the kitchen, that’s where I felt the most creative and empowered,” she said.

“What happened over the years working, you get caught up in your world, and all of a sudden my world came sort of crashing and I got divorced. I have a child, so I became a single mother, so I took a year of sort of reflection. Cooking got me through it. It made me happy.”

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In October, De Laurentiis made her first public appearance with Thompson and her 7-year-old daughter, Jade, for some fun at a local amusement park.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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