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 be Married to an Executive Chef?

What is it Like to be Married to an Executive Chef?

We’re moving up in the kitchen today to the position of Executive Chef.  Today, Chef Wife Claudia Strange shares what it’s like to be married to an Executive Chef (and have 2 young children).  I know many of you can relate!

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

I met my Chef in 2007 (8 years).  We had both been through divorce recently and were introduced by mutual friends.  He had long hair, played the guitar and was a chef.  I was hooked immediately.   We dated on and off for a couple of years then got more serious after a while.  We got married and had our son within two weeks of each other in 2011 and welcomed a daughter in 2013.  I work full time as a communications professional in local government.  My husband and I will celebrate 5 years of marriage in December (the 22nd to be exact ).

What position does your chef/cook have in the kitchen?  Briefly describe the size and type of restaurant he is working at (fine dining/casual, size, privately owned or part of a restaurant group, etc.).

My husband is Executive Chef at his restaurant Strip in Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Georgia.  It’s a steak/chop house, sushi and higher end bar.  I guess it would be considered casual dining. The restaurant is fairly big, seats 750 plus a private dining room, second level dining overlooking the “station” and VIP rooftop bar.  It’s owned by a restaurant group with various other concepts.  There are 8 restaurants in the group right now.

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Homeschooling and the Chef’s Family

Homeschooling and the Chef’s Family

As the family of a chef, have you ever thought about homeschooling your children?

As the family of a chef with 3 school aged children, there are days that go by where our kids do not see Daddy at all. The traditional school schedule and the schedule of a chef don’t seem to mesh together very well, if at all.

So have you ever thought about homeschooling so your kids can be off of school when your chef if off of work?

My husband and I have talked about it briefly, but at this time, don’t feel it’s what’s best for our family. But I know many chef families have chosen this route (or plan to in the future) and it’s been a great option for them.

Now before you stop reading because this post is about homeschooling, let me tell you I’m not trying to tell you what to do with your kids. How you choose to school your children is your decision as parents.

I know there are homeschooling families out there that really push other families to school the way they do. Unfortunately, I think this gives the idea of homeschooling a bad rap (along with all the other myths out there about it). Believe it or not, I have more friends that homeschool than send their kids to school. They respect our decision to send our kids to public school and I respect theirs. We share the joys and trials of education with each other as friends and that’s that.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a chef’s family  who has chosen to homeschool their kids. I always love hearing what like is like for other chef families and hope you will enjoy it as well.

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What is it Like to be Married to a Sous Chef?

What is it Like to be Married to a Sous Chef?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be married to a Sous Chef?  Maybe your chef is in culinary school or working on the line.  It’s always fun to get a glimpse of what’s to come in future positions.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Sarah Bennett.  Her husband is a Sous Chef and she’s telling her story today. :-)

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

I’m a 29 year old nanny. Chef and I met through my roommate at a bar in Downtown Orlando. We’ve been together 3 years and married 2. Within a week I hurt every time he said he might move to a different city but I didn’t want to seem like one of those crazy clingy girlfriends but come to find out he was feeling the same way. In our three years together we’ve maybe spent five nights apart. No kids for me except Chef’s 12 year old daughter. We want kids but need to be more financially stable. We do have 5 fur babies. :)

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What is it like to Date a Sous Chef?

What is it like to Date a Sous Chef?

Today, we’re moving up to the position of Sous Chef in this series. I’d like to introduce you to Chef Girlfriend Aino Kebina. I love that I can relate to her story, even though we live on different continents!

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

Hello! I am Estonian born and raised and my chef is Northern Irish. Back in Europe, Estonia and Ireland are only 2.5 hours away when on a plane. But life brought us together in a small city in Australia, called Adelaide.

I started working in an average size restaurant as a waitress when one morning he stepped in and I offered him a table, only to find out that he is covering one shift there as a chef.

The restaurant is a franchise and he works for the actual licence. That means that he sometimes has to check up and work in other restaurants which are part of it.

We hit it off straight away and we have the same passion- cooking! We both love cooking and experimenting with food. We were friends for many months before we actually started officially dating and now we have lived together for 8 months. You know that feeling when after a long time you go home? I have that feeling when I´m with him.
What position does your chef/cook have in the kitchen?

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Raising a Family with a Chef – The Elementary Years

Raising a Family with a Chef – The Elementary Years

In case you haven’t noticed, the traditional school schedule TOTALLY CLASHES with the schedule of a chef.  Many chefs have only week days off, leaving no day open for family time, since the kids are in school.

The transition from having preschoolers at home to having elementary aged kids who go to school from 9-3 every day was a tough one for our family (as I’m sure it has been for many of your families as well).

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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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