Hi, friend! My name is Emily, and welcome to my virtual table of Hey Emily Ann!
Around here I share drool worthy recipes and food photos that are created for the person who is super comfortable in the kitchen AND for the person who has only used their oven once! I also take you into the world of culinary school, giving you an inside scoop of what it really looks like to be on the path to becoming a chef. I want this to be a place where you get recipes and cooking tips that are simple, delicious, will nourish you and your family, and will bring your loved ones to the table. Because I believe the table is one of the most important places for our families, our communities, and our country.
This blog was started my senior year in college as a creative outlet while I was studying to be a dietitian because my roommates would ask for my recipes. So I started putting them online. I graduated from The Ohio State University (wadduppp Buckeyes!), worked as a dietitian in several different settings- at a hospital, consulting with food companies, and at an outpatient clinic- I moved abroad and experienced different cultures through food- and my view of food took a 180.
Instead of solely seeing “food as medicine,” I started to appreciate it for so much more. I began to realize that it is a means to relationships. It is insight into different cultures. Food is the common denominator for nearly everything- be it celebrations or parties or times of mourning. Food is always around. So now not only do I believe food is important for our physical health, I also believe it is important for our spiritual and social health as well.
It is because of this change in perspective that I decided to go to culinary school at Johnson and Wales- something that had been a dream of mine for so long. I graduated from culinary school in November of 2019 and haven’t looked back. I work at one of the top restaurants in Charlotte, putting what I learned in school into real life practice in the kitchen- and on Instagram- where I like to pop in and share tips to make your life in the kitchen a bit easier and more exciting.
This blog as an accumulation of everything I believe to be true about food- that it should taste delicious, nourish your body, and bring people together around a table.
Thanks so much for stopping by! See you at the table.