I was raised with my triplet brother and sisters in Ryland, Kentucky, (near Cincinnati, Ohio) on good old-fashioned southern cooking and trips to the area’s best restaurants. I worked in bakeries, candy stores and coffee shops, all the while improving my baking skills at home with chocolate mousses and layer cakes.
After high school, I went on to study magazine journalism, women’s studies and film at Syracuse University. Afterwards, I moved to Philadelphia to work as an editorial assistant and copy editor at a variety of publishing houses. South Philly’s Italian market and the cheap Mexican groceries—as well as the lack of cash in my pocket—forced me to pick up a skillet and some sausages and start cooking. I instantly fell in love and began dreaming up new concoctions. When I wasn’t cooking, I traveled as much as I could. I’ve been to five continents and I’ve tried delicious and bizarre foods everywhere I’ve been. Travel only makes me like cooking—and eating—even more. I even took cooking classes from a little old Italian woman in Umbria, and I still make her recipes to this day.
I moved to Chicago in 2008 for a change of scene, and the booming culinary world here couldn’t have been a better choice for me. I had my choice of amazing restaurants, exotic ingredients, and new and interesting people to feed in my small apartment in Ravenswood. In 2010, I decided to attend culinary school at Kendall College in Chicago. In 2011, I graduated with a certificate in Personal Chef and Catering and my very own chef’s coat.
Not long after, I moved back home to Northern Kentucky, married the man of my dreams, and established my own personal chef company, The Delish Dish, to bring delicious home-cooked meals to busy families in the tri-state area.