Talk about following your passion..meet this week’s Thirsty Girl Thursday honoree, Chef Debbie Gold. Debbie laughs when she talks about the fact that she is the only person in her family passionate about food and cooking. While still in high school, the Chicago native surprised her parents, when, unbeknownst to them, she subscribed to Bon Appetit and began creating impressive meals for the family.
Debbie’s culinary career is trés- impressive, as are the numerous awards she’s received. A James Beard award winner and four-time nominee, Debbie has led Kansas City’s The American Restaurant to national recognition as its executive chef. Initially studying restaurant management at the University of Illinois, Debbie received her professional culinary training at L’Ecole Hoteliere de Tain L’Hermitage in France. After apprenticing for two years at Michelin-starred restaurants across that country, she returned to Chicago to hold positions at such reputable venues as Charlie Trotter’s, Everest, and Mirador.
She recently returned to The American Restaurant as the executive chef to once more lead the locale to a host of honors, including consistent AAA Four Diamond and Mobil Travel Guide Four Star ratings She also appeared in this season’s Top Chef Masters where she was up against some of the biggest names in the restaurant world. Fun stuff. So TG’s please raise your virtual glasses to toast Chef Debbie Gold, long may she rule in her kitchen. Cheers!