married to a chef Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration.  But if you are married to or dating a chef, I’m sure you can relate! The life of a chef wife or significant other isn’t as glamorous as it seems.

My name is Jennifer and I have been married to a chef for 19 years. I blog about my life as a chef wife and how we combine restaurant and family life each day. If you are new to my site, start here.


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What is it Like to Date a Head Line Cook (and Culinary Student)?

What is it Like to Date a Head Line Cook (and Culinary Student)?

I was a bit overwhelmed after reading Kathryn’s story last week about her chef working full time AND going to school.  But I know many of you can relate.

Chef Fiancée Antonisha Polite can relate and is writing her story for us today.  (And can I just say that I’m so sorry Antonisha that you have to wash 2 sets of chef clothes!! Yuck!!!!)

Tell me a little about yourself and your chef (how you met, how long you’ve been together, do you have kids, etc.)

My name is Antonisha Polite, I am 28 years old and I am engaged to and living with chef. I work full time as an Internet Sales Specialist for a car dealership while getting my degree in Elementary Education. My chef is currently a head line cook for a major hotel. He is also finishing his culinary degree and is in the process of starting a catering business. I have a 4 year old son from a previous relationship that thinks chef is his super hero.

We met while I was working in the banquets and catering department at the hotel where he currently works. We were both coming out of relationships and could relate to a lot of things. We became friends at work and I left the job soon after. We stayed in touch through social media and after we both finalized everything with previous relationships, we started hanging out together and here we are now planning a wedding.

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The One Thing I Wish I Knew Before Raising a Family with a Chef

The One Thing I Wish I Knew Before Raising a Family with a Chef

I always knew the day would come when I would write about this (or make a video about it).

This is by far the hardest post and most personal topic I’ve ever blogged about.

You see, our home was a pretty miserable place to be for a few years.  My chef/husband and I had many conversations about it, but never really knew the exact problem and because of that, didn’t know how to fix it.

Then one day I figured it out.  It was of course during one of the hardest weeks I’ve ever had as a parent.  But sometimes it takes a really difficult situation to get me to wake up and figure things out.

I wish there was a way to go back in time and tell my younger self what I learned.  I would have been a different parent early on.

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What is it Like to Date a Culinary Student (and Line Cook)?

What is it Like to Date a Culinary Student (and Line Cook)?

I’ll be honest.  I have no idea what it’s like to date or be married to someone in culinary school, as my chef/husband never went to culinary school.

So when a fellow chef/girlfriend, offered to share her story, of course I said yes!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Kathryn.  Her boyfriend is going to Culinary School AND working as a Line Cook at the same time.  I know there are others of you that can relate to her story!  I’m sure she’d love to hear from you in the comments after you read it!

Tell me a little about yourself and your chef (how you met, how long you’ve been together, do you have kids, etc.)

I moved to Michigan in August 2011 for grad school.  I was really lonely because I was all alone in a new state, so a former college roommate of mine came to visit me for the weekend a couple of weeks after I’d moved in.  We were listening to music when we heard a knock at the door from the guy who lived in the apartment directly below mine.  He invited us over to his apartment, where he and his roommate were hanging out and playing video games.  Tuesday of that week, I went out with the guy who had knocked on my door, and we have been together since.

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Celebrating 7,300 Days of Marriage

Celebrating 7,300 Days of Marriage

I’ve been thinking for a while about what I wanted to write about being married to a chef to post today, our 20th wedding anniversary.

I thought of a couple ways I could spin it, add some key words to get more views to the blog, etc. but it just didn’t seem right.  So I decided not to write anything and just take a break from the blog for a week.

(Yet, here I am . . . lol.)

Below is a post I wrote on our family blog.  It’s written a bit differently, as I didn’t write it with you, my fellow chef wife or significant other in mind, like I usually do when I write.  But instead, I wrote it for our family as part of my digital scrapbook/blog of memories.

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What is it Like to Date a Line Cook?

What is it Like to Date a Line Cook?

If you are like me, (and I know you are), you think about the future of your chef’s career.  You wonder what the next position up in the kitchen is like, or wonder what their current position is like at another restaurant.

I always love reading about other chefs and their families.  But I’ve noticed that the chefs who do write (I have no idea how they have the time) and the chef wives that write, are usually Executive Chefs or higher.  So what’s it like to be married to or dating someone in a different position than that?

I’m so excited to bring you this series, written by chef/cook girlfriends and wives that will take us through each position in the kitchen as each one is so different.

I’ve asked these ladies each the same questions and I hope you will not only enjoy getting to know them, but also a little bit more about a specific position in the kitchen and what it looks like for us who support our chefs/cooks from home.

Today, we are starting off with the position of Line Cook. Chef Girlfriend Corissa Johnson is sharing with us today about what it’s like to date a line cook.  When you’re done reading, I know she’d love to hear any comments or thoughts on how you can relate!

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What is it Like to be Married to a Chef?

What is it Like to be Married to a Chef?

“Being married to a chef must be the best thing ever.  #marriedtoachef.”

This is what I read as I glanced at twitter this morning.

Really?  Best thing ever?

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not complaining.  I love that my husband is a chef.  I love that when he is home, he cooks, because the food tastes SO MUCH BETTER!!  I love that I can show him a recipe and he can immediately tell if it’s going to turn out.  I love that he currently has 12,206 files in his recipe directory on Google Drive.  I love how handsome he looks in his chef coat each morning when he walks out the door.  The list could go on and on . . .

But let me let you in on a little secret, in case you are reading this and are not married to a chef.  The life of a chef is not as glamorous as it looks on the Food Network. Let me give you a few examples . . . read more…

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