Chef Stephanie Riley
Chef Stephanie Riley grew up in a large family in West Virginia, and had the benefit of fresh heirloom vegetables and fruits straight from her family's gardens. Helping her mother and grandmother string beans and shuck corn for the dinner table their family of eight gathered around every evening gave her a sense of family bonding through food. She would like to pass that experience on to others by encouraging families to take the time to eat at their own dinner table, to sit down and talk to each other over a delicious, healthy meal they've personally chosen from Life of Riley Personal Chef Service.
Stephanie first made food her life calling by attending culinary school at Stratford University in Falls Church, VA, where she was a member of the Culinary Honor Society. While at Stratford, one of her chef instructors referred her to work at The Brass Cannon restaurant in Gainesville, VA for his friend, Executive Chef Richard Beckel, formerly Executive Sous Chef at Citronelle in Georgetown. Chef Beckel hired Stephanie to be a member of his kitchen brigade, where her culinary education grew by leaps and bounds under his tutelage.
Stephanie began Life of Riley Personal Chef Service in 2005 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, where she had a full schedule of clients for 8 1/2 years. She has been very excited at the growth and development of the business into which she has passionately invested so much time over the years. The reward of seeing her clients become healthier through her services and building personal relationships with them keeps her desire piqued for innovative and healthy foods.
In 2009, Stephanie had the great priviledge of being a member of the culinary staff on Chef Emeril Lagasse's TV show, Emeril Green, in its final season. On Emeril Green, she prepared many of the foods used on the show, helped develop recipes, and worked as a food stylist.
In January 2014, Stephanie opened Life of Riley Personal Chef Service in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area. She also was proud to have been able to spend 2 1/2 years sharing her love and knowledge of food with the world as a chef instructor at Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School in Scottsdale, AZ, teaching 3 to 5 cooking classes a week.
In April 2017, Chef Steph returned to the Washington, DC area, where her personal chef career began. She is excited to explore her new home in Frederick, MD, and get back to helping alleviate dinner-time worries for families in the busy capital area.
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