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Next week someone is about to get a home cooked meal by a very well-known cook. Celebrity chef Jamika Pessoa (The Good Dish) has been cast to appear as herself on General Hospital and will turn up on Friday, August 5, as first reported by Soap Opera Digest.

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To say she was exited to get the call is an understatement.

“I was losing my mind,” she told the magazine. “I was like, wait, General Hospital? Like, the General Hospital?”

She went on to explain that though she isn’t an avid soap watcher today, she recalled being with her grandmother and they would “watch her stories and that was our way to connect when I was a kid.”

When the time came to shoot scenes, Pessoa, having been used to a food-related reality show, wasn’t sure what to expect with a daytime soap. “I’ve never done scripted [TV] before,” she admitted. “So this is my acting debut, if you will.”

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She was able to wear her own chef coat so “wardrobe was a breeze.” However, the fun really kicked in when she went to get a coffee and ran into her old friend Cameron Mathison (Drew), who asked “What are you doing here?”

Pessoa and Mathison appeared together during a few episodes of Hallmark’s Home & Family and also on Food Network’s Clash of the Grandmas, which he hosted.

“That was so great,” she shared. “It was comforting to see a familiar face.” Not only that, but the cast and crew were “so friendly.” Pessoa then joked, “You would think on a soap opera people would be divas, but no! Everyone was so welcoming.”

With the cameras still rolling, she was caught doing a happy dance while exiting her scenes at the Metro Court and let everyone at the ABC soap know that she’d love to come back — and promised that the next time she did she’d cook for them all!

We’re looking forward to Pessoa’s guest appearance, but in the meantime we invite fans to browse through our photo gallery featuring rare photos and indelible memories of soaps’ golden age.