Hi, friend! Welcome to my virtual table of Hey Emily Ann!
I’m Emily- a professionally trained chef and registered dietitian- and I love food. I love food not only because it is delicious and comforting and nourishing. But I love it because of how it brings people together. How it can form a community and how it creates space for connection to happen.
I graduated from Ohio State as a registered dietitian and worked in the healthcare system, teaching the scientific and medicinal side of food. But I soon realized I love more than just the health benefits of food. I dove head deep into food and cooking, living abroad for several years and taking cooking classes wherever I could, from learning how to make pasta in Italy to chocolate in Belgium. When moving back to the US I enrolled in culinary school at Johnson and Wales University, to hone my craft of cooking at the professional level. After graduating from culinary school, I proceeded to cook in several restaurants, once of which was voted the best restaurant in Charlotte, learning from James-Beard nominated chefs- and then the pandemic hit.
With restaurants closed and the world at a standstill, I was ready to pivot to what was next. It is my ultimate dream to own a brick and mortar space, teaching cooking classes and creating curated gatherings. But for now, teaching virtually and gathering online better suits our current, socially distanced, world. These virtual cooking classes and parties are intended to help you feel more confident in the kitchen while bringing you and yours together when we all feel so far apart. We may be socially distancing, but that won’t stop us from “gathering”. Thank you for being here! I am so excited to cook with you.
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.