Chef Candace’s formative years were spent watching her grandma Emily cook and as she grew, she realized her grandma’s gift of feeding and entertaining was how she showed her love. In 6th grade Candace won a blue ribbon in the county fair for “Best Decorated Cake” which cemented her life goal to own a restaurant.
It wasn’t a very direct path though. Candace got there by way of engineering at The University of Michigan, culinary school in a northern suburb of Detroit, a short stint in the automotive industry, relocating to Ohio with her husband, and then a small, home-based catering business called The Busy Gourmet. At last, an all-too-long business plan (with the help from the Small Business Development Center of Dayton) led Candace to her home-away-from-home at The Hawthorn Grill in Kettering, Ohio. She operated this restaurant for seven years and continued to learn, grow, and hone her craft.
Today, Candace spends her time teaching others to cook and entertain, writing, and caring for her own family and friends. Her hope is that each person she meets feels like they’re being welcomed into the same cozy dining room as her grandma’s, whether for a meal or a cooking class, all made with fellowship and love.