This month’s Chef’s Spotlight is from Des Moines, IA: Meet Chef Sarah George.
Halfway through her work on a Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, Sarah decided she wanted to go to culinary school. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, she went to Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated in July 2013. Her externship at The Farmhouse, a farm to table restaurant in the River Market neighborhood of Kansas City, MO was so great she continued to work there for a year and a half after graduation. She then moved to a position at Bistro Kids, a company that focuses on scratch-made meals for schools. She worked primarily with the Kansas City YMCA Head Start program where she taught cooking lessons to kids.
In 2017, Sarah and her husband relocated back to Iowa. During that move, she accepted a personal chef position for Friend that Cooks in Des Moines! “I love working closely with people and making their hectic day-to-day responsibilities easier to handle. I’m lucky to say that my “job” doesn’t feel like work.” She enjoys making simple and flavorful dishes with not a lot of bells and whistles. She attributes that mostly to her upbringing in rural northern Iowa.
When Sarah is not cooking, she loves to create and make crafts. Crocheting, knitting, sewing, woodworking, ceramics, and embroidery are just a few of her outlets. She also loves playing board games with her husband and friends, relaxing with her two cats on the couch and binge watch anything on Bravo TV.
This month’s Chef Spotlight features one of our Kansas City chefs. Nate joined Friend That Cooks almost a year and a half ago and has really enjoyed working with the company. He started his education at Kansas State University with the goal of obtaining a degree in Dietetics. However, he soon realized he would rather work with food directly and transferred to Johnson County Community College for their renowned Culinary program. Shortly after, he obtained his Sous Chef Certification and began working for the Indian Hills Country Club. Since then, he has also worked as a Sous Chef at Garmin, and as a Storeroom Manager for the Art Institutes International of Kansas City.
New restaurants are always being added to his list of places to dine in order to keep an open palate and update his menu ideas. A few of his favorites include the Harvest at Renee Kelly’s, ABC Cafe, and El Salvadoreno.
Nate enjoys supporting the KC Chiefs and Royals, playing frisbee golf, and spending time with friends and family. He looks forward to another year working with the FTC family. He lives in Lenexa with his wife and young daughter.
…we introduce you to Jillian Mahl, a Friend That Cooks personal chef servicing clients in Des Moines, IA.
Chef Jillian Mahl has been cooking professionally for 13 years. She started out, as all good chefs do, at the bottom of the proverbial food chain in a fine dining restaurant in Omaha,NE and worked her way up from there. She graduated top of her class in Culinary Arts at the International Culinary Center, New York City in 2010 and went on to work in several NYC restaurants such as Restaurant Allegretti and Bergdorf Goodman.
She returned to the Midwest after several years on the coast to pursue a personal business venture. In 2015, she joined the FTC family in Omaha, NE. She now cooks for her clients in Des Moines, Iowa.
When she isn’t working, Jillian enjoys playing with anything involving yarn and needles, reading about all sorts of real and fictional things, practicing Tae Kwon Do and yoga, and visiting with her gentleman friend.
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