About Me

Hi!! Welcome to Chef Chelc. On this blog I share delicious recipe creations and cooking tips! I love to cook for others. Food has been my passion since I was a little girl. I have always preferred reading cookbooks over any other type of book. My cookbook collection is pretty intense!

Some random facts about me:

I live in NYC, Brooklyn to be exact, and previously worked in the restaurant industry. I became unemployed due to covid, so now I’m starting to do more of my own work. Between my care package business and doing freelance private chef catering jobs, I’m hoping to turn into my own self-employed boss.

Brother, Mom, Dad 🙂 This was in Portugal from a couple years ago

I spent a lot of time at my childhood home in Massachusetts during quarantine cooking up a storm! And bonus was that I got to spend a lot of time with my favorite people, my family! See above 🙂

I’m currently studying to complete my certified sommelier exam. I’m really not picky when it comes to wine but I’ve definitely learned way more about wine than I ever thought I would! There is SO much to know.

From one of my blind tasting groups.

Drinking wine in Italy. Take me back!!

I went to the University of Delaware undergrad followed by an 8 month accelerated culinary program at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California.

I worked as a line cook for about 8 months in Massachusetts after culinary school before making the big leap moving to NYC.

My first job in NYC was working at the restaurant Eleven Madison Park. I worked for the company for about 3 and a half years and in that time I got to work in the Hamptons for two summers and Aspen,Colorado for a winter. It was truly some of the best memories of my life. Fun fact, I met my boyfriend in Culinary School almost 6 years ago, and while we previously worked for different restaurant groups, I convinced him to work with me for a year in the Hamptons and Aspen. It was the best year.

I LOVE to travel. I’ve been fortunate to travel to many places and I look forward to traveling more. Some of my favorite trips have been to Sicily, Italy, a eurotrip with my best friend from college, and a recent trip to Burgundy, France with my parents and best friends. Traveling is truly such a gift and I can’t wait until we have that liberty again sometime soon:)

I love love LOVE going out to eat and trying new restaurants. I have quite the list of NYC spots that I will be sharing soon here on the blog. For now, here’s some food porn for ya.

And lastly, I can’t share an “about me” post without mentioning the two biggest loves of my life (lol) my DOGS. I have a golden retriever named Duke and a cavalier king charles named Lucy. Du and Lu. I love them very very much. It’s an unhealthy obsession. Feel free to DM me with any cute dog content, it’s always welcome!

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Chef Chelc