Hello and welcome to From A Chef’s Kitchen! I’m Carol Borchardt, personal chef, former newspaper columnist, recipe developer, food photographer, obsessed cookbook collector and mom to rescue kitty, Jade.
I feature simply great recipes created in my own kitchen, from fellow chefs, inspirational home cooks and those that inspire me from my ever-growing cookbook collection.
My background in the culinary arts began with instruction from my mother, Ann, a prize-winning cook who developed original recipes while feeding our large family. From the moment I discovered my mom’s old Betty Crocker cookbook as a little girl, I’ve been fascinated with cookbooks and all the culinary possibilities they hold. Over my lifetime, I’ve collected a library of well over 1,200! I use them as recipe inspiration for my clients and for cooking at home, however, I’m always dreaming up new recipes the way my mom did.
The farm-to-table, free-range and wild-caught concepts so important today aren’t new to me, it was our way of life on our picturesque central Wisconsin farm. Milk didn’t come from a carton, it came from the barn! My amazing 91-year-old father still tends the huge garden we had, forages for mushrooms and berries in the woods, hunts and ice fishes.
Cooking was my creative outlet while living in Wisconsin and working in the business field there for over 20 years. I honed my culinary skills through self-instruction, through classes for the home chef at Jill Prescott’s Ecole de Cuisine in Mequon and through practical experience working for a caterer on weekends.
In 1995 I met the love of my life, had a whirlwind romance and moved to the Memphis area. After helping to raise two stepchildren, I realized in 2002 it was time for my own baby–a food business that I named A Thought For Food Personal Chef Service. Through this highly personalized service, I nurture my clients through food and bring thought and care back to the home meals of our time-starved society. Without a doubt, what I love most about being a personal chef is when my clients tell me they can feel the love and care that went into what I prepared for them and what a positive difference I make in their lives. I’m the only personal chef in the Memphis area with over 15 years of experience providing a wide range of allergy and diet-specific cuisine.
You’ll find my passion for travel–especially throughout the European and Mediterranean regions–reflected in my cooking. While traveling, I like to immerse myself in the local cuisine. I’ve done week-long training in Italian Gastronomy at the Academia Barilla in Parma, Italy, classes at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus in Napa Valley.
I’m a member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association (APPCA) based in San Diego and was trained in the personal chef field by their education arm, the APPCA Institute. I helped write the Personal Chef International Code of Ethics, served on the APPCA Executive Advisory Committee and was the 2010 APPCA CHEF OF THE YEAR. I’m licensed, insured and certified as a Food Protection Manager through ServSafe™ (the same certification required of restaurant managers).
My column “Dinner For Two,” enjoyed a seven-year run in the food section of Memphis’ daily newspaper The Commercial Appeal and included a recipe and my photography. I’m now a paid contributor to Parade Magazine’s online site, Community Table.
I include plenty of tips and information to help you succeed in making each dish. However, if you need assistance on any recipe, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. So grab a chair, a cup of tea or a glass of wine and meet me in the kitchen!