Farm to Table ~ Table to Soul
I am an intuitive chef who learned to cook and bake on the strings of my mother’s apron. My British mother was formally trained in the culinary arts, but dedicated her cooking skills to feeding her large family, as well as her community. My earliest memories are of standing on an old, wooden chair beside my mother as she formulated her recipes into delightful baked goods and familiar family meals. That tiny yellow kitchen with the 1970’s flower power wallpaper was the center of our household. It was there that I learned the steps and techniques of baking bread, slow cooking a roast, canning the fruits of our gardens. It was there that I learned about the connection between food and emotions. My mother would often tell me the story of a recipe as she cooked. Where it came from, how it was significant to our culture or family tradition. We would talk about the ingredients, and its connection to us. Every Friday afternoon I would accompany mum to our local farmers market where she would look for the freshest ingredients, sometimes haggling prices with farmers. The smells and sights of the bustling market would linger in my senses, and always made me feel warm and welcome. Today, I still frequent that very same farmers market. My passion for food began early, as well as my understanding of the connection of food and memories. After all, food or breaking bread together is the most primal connection between human beings. This realization led to me exploring that connection, and into eventually honing it into a niche as a private chef. My love of all things vintage has been steadfast throughout my life.
I take pride in using locally sourced ingredients from area farmer’s markets, farm stands, and other local food vendors, incorporating the farm to table concept with my love of vintage recipes.
I really have no memory of not being in the kitchen and preparing food on some level. My passion for the culinary arts seems to have been born into me. I'm happiest when in the kitchen!
~ Meals with Memories
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Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food services but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kiki Coll, Founder of American Vintage Chef Services, located in Delaware, USA.
I am the sole owner/operator of American Vintage Chef Services. I offer weekly in-home meal service, as well as special occasion dinner parties. My food is vintage recipes that meet farm to table. I take the recipes our mothers and grandmothers used, give them my own twist, and incorporate fresh, local ingredients to bring my client's familiar flavors, updated comfort foods, and sweet memories. A taste of nostalgia! CONTINUE READING
In this episode of Three Kitchens Podcast, we welcome special guest Chef Kiki Coll to chat about vintage American recipes. We had a lot of fun and we could have talked all day long about American cooking circa 1920s-70s. LISTEN HERE