My name is Carlee and I hail from the great state of New Jersey. I’ve been cooking professionally for about six years now, but fell in love with food during a TV broadcasting class that I took in high school. For my final project, I had to create a show to be aired on a local station and decided to do my segments on cooking. Little did I realize that my show, “Holiday Cooking with Carlee”, would change my culinary hobby into a passionate career.
Talking about food and creating recipes seemed almost second nature to me. I loved cooking on camera so much that I started cooking more and more off camera. I eventually applied to The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After challenging and educating myself through the CIA’s world-class professional training program, I graduated with my Culinary Arts degree. My next goal was to attain the position of Chef.
The day after my 2009 graduation I moved to Miami, Florida to continue my culinary escapades. I worked my way through a few kitchens, gaining respect through my quick pace, professionalism, and sharp skillset. I tried my hand at every station and position of the BOH (Back of House) and eventually reached my goal! I have been the Chef for Barton G restaurant group and am currently a high-end Private Chef.
When it comes to creating dishes of my own, I first and foremost follow the health trend, then add layers of flavorful, colorful and nutritional ingredients. I believe in lifestyle change vs. dieting, as healthy habits guarantee permanent weight loss and the maintenance of an able body. I have a real eye for culinary art, a talent for creating new flavors and a mission to confer the culinary world with new, exotic, and invigorating dishes.