Growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana it didn’t take me very long to learn that food reigns supreme. The celebration of culinary traditions and the art of sharing those traditions with family and friends were priorities ingrained in my mind early on. In my family, special occasions and vacations were planned around a visit to a specific restaurant, and often times during meals, ideas were already being tossed around for what the plans were for the next meal later on that day!
My Dad in particular defined my love for food by teaching me that a meal is not just about the act of eating. It is an experience that actually involves all of your senses– the colorful presentation of the plate, the warm smell of the kitchen as you cook, the lively conversations you take part in at the dinner table, the crisp texture of the bread that you break, and delightfully complimentary taste of the bottle of wine the host has chosen to serve. I learned from my culinary inspiration, my Dad, that a meal is about the total experience and who you are lucky enough to experience it with.
I am a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky in the field of Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles with a minor in Art History. After graduating from college I moved to Atlanta where I attended Georgia State University for my Masters in Business Administration. I began my career as a Financial Planner and I plan to retain my Certified Financial Planner® designation as I pursue a career in the culinary arts.
In the Spring of 2013 I completed my classwork for a Certificate in Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts here in Atlanta. To complete this course of study I participated in an incredible 3-month culinary externship in Sorrento, Italy at the Mami Camilla cooking school and bed & breakfast. Half of my time in Italy was spent participating in daily cooking classes, and the rest of the time spent working as a prep cook at a local restaurant, Ristorante Tasso. (www.ristorantetasso.it) In addition, since December of 2010 I have been an E-Leite Recipe Tester for the fabulous food website, Leite’s Culinaria (www.leitesculinaria.com).
Starting in January of 2014 my personal chef business, Around Anna’s Table, LLC opened in the Atlanta area. My long term goals in addition to continuing to be a successful small business owner, are to teach cooking classes, write and publish cookbooks, and someday own and operate a French market and café. I am a member of the United States Personal Chef Association (https://www.uspca.com/) as well as the local Atlanta Chapter of the United States Personal Chef Association (http://www.atlantauspca.com/).
And last but certainly not least, a nod to my wonderful husband Scott Martin who is a talented photographer (and eye behind many of the food photographs you see on my blog…) and is truly enjoying his role as ‘top taste tester’ in all of my culinary endeavors!
I hope you enjoy my blog each and every day, just as much as I enjoy creating it!