After 15 years of Sales and Management, the decision to become a Chef had finally come.   I started in New York at the French Culinary Institute in a six- month program for Pastry Arts.  There I was able to work with some well-known chefs, one of which you will know, Jacques Pepin.  The program was exceptional, but I realized I preferred the culinary arts, so I enrolled in Florida Culinary Institute’s Culinary Arts program.  I graduated with a 4.0 and many honors including 100% attendance.  I worked as a personal chef for four years while attending school.  After graduation, I landed a job as an Executive Chef in a restaurant named Ernie’s located in Delray Beach, Florida.  The restaurant was sold when the proprietors retired (in their 80’s).  I moved to Wisconsin soon after and was married.  During that time, I worked as an event planner for a software company.  My husband died four years later, and I decided to go back to what I love, cooking.

 

Presently, I am the President of Tasty Impressions, LLC.  I cook meals for clients on a weekly basis as well as teach classes, “Chef Vickie Live” (similar to bringing the food network to your home), and catering.  I am the personal caterer some influential people in the Milwaukee area.  A couple of  summer’s ago, I had the privilege of catering a “Backyard BBQ” with Vince Condella for the Alzheimer’s Association.