03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Yigal Azrouel's Food Diary: My Mom Doesn't Let Me Cook

Designer Yigal Azrouël just returned from a restful beach vacation in Costa Rica -- the perfect preparation for the hectic days leading into next month's Fashion Week. The designer will debut looks he conceived last September, 80 percent of which were produced here in the garment district. "I have much more control of how I see the products," he told us. Azrouël, who ran his first marathon last year, starts days with 6:30 a.m. visits to the gym, and loves to cook. Though he denies past involvement with Katie Lee, he does admit taking someone along with him to the beach. So, ladies, the closest you'll get to one of his Moroccan dinner parties is reading this week's New York Diet.

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