After studying marketing and economics in college and working for a Fortune 500 company, I left the cubicle life and moved to Chicago in 2007 to pursue a classical culinary education at Kendall College. Opportunities in food R&D, recipe testing, PR, operations, project management, meat sales at farmer's markets, and social media showed me a range of possibilities in the food industry and allowed me to expand my skills. During my time in Chicago, I started this blog to keep track of what I was cooking in my kitchen. To be exact, What Emily Cooks began in August 2009. The design and name have changed as my blogging skills evolved.
As a result of a job layoff during the summer of 2010, I began graduate studies at Boston University and earned a Master's of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy in 2012. As a student, I was a chef instructor at the Boston Center for Adult Education and during the 2012 spring semester was a social media intern at Harvard Common Press. I was also a writer, recipe tester, and farmer's market assistant.
April 2010: Anne Amie Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon