The Tiny Chef
The Tiny Chef • Founder Susanne Dillingham may be small in size but her talent and love of food, wine and farming is tremendous! Big, Big, Big.
At The Tiny Chef, we are dedicated to teaching those with a passion for learning how to prepare beautiful meals using sustainable and practical techniques while supporting local North Carolina farmers. From cooking classes for all ages to wine education for adults, let Chef Susanne teach you the joys of creating your own culinary masterpieces your friends and family will talk about for weeks to come. No time? No problem! The Tiny Chef can cater your next event, big or small. Just email Chef Susanne at email@example.com to learn more about the services offered or for a complete price list.
“At age 17, my passion for food and the fiery environment of the kitchen has fueled my professional and educational choices. My first culinary experience was a Saturday night solo as dishwasher for Cino Grille Restaurant. I worked my way up to prep cook and then to a line chef, eagerly turning all tasks into learning experiences.
While I feel that the best way to become a fine Chef is through hands-on experience, I also know that education is important. This is why I chose to enroll at Apicius, The Culinary Institute of Florence, Italy. I was able to fully immerse myself in the craft and culture of Italian cuisine and wine. Studying under some of the top Chefs and Sommelier’s in Italy, including Award-winning Pastry Chef Andrea Bianchini, I learned the basic skills necessary to be successful in the professional kitchen.
After returning to the United States I began working as Garde Manger for the upscale seafood restaurant, Upstream in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As I worked there for one year, I also enrolled in and successfully completed the Wine Fundamentals I and II classes with the International Sommelier Guild. Soon after completing the program, I decided to begin a new path in the wine industry and worked in a small retail wine shop in Charlotte called, Selwyn Wine Cellar. As a manager and wine consultant, I gained a lot of experience in this field. To expand my knowledge in wine-making, I was a harvest intern for Chase Family Vineyard‘s 2006 harvest in St. Helena, California. I took part in the de-stemming, crushing, and fermentation processes. I decided shortly after my harvest internship to enroll into two different wine schools to obtain my Sommelier and Advanced wine diplomas. As of August 2009, The Tiny Chef now holds an advanced diploma with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and a Sommelier Diploma with the International Sommelier Guild.
At age 21, I earned the title of Executive Chef for HADCO. the Viking appliance distributor in Charlotte, NC. In HADCO’s live showroom, I began teaching cooking classes and conducting lively chef demonstrations. I am currently a guest instructor for VIVA, which is an Italian based, non-professional cooking school in Sebastopol, California. I also teach hands-on cooking classes at Cooking Uptown in Charlotte, NC.
In October of 2007 I opened my own business, The Tiny Chef and I teach cooking classes, conduct chef demonstrations and cook for private parties. In the fall of 2009 I took a 3 month trip around Ireland, Spain, and Italy working on various farms learning the ins and outs of farming and the production methods of milk, almonds, olive oil, wine, and more! As of March 2010 I have made two new collaborations with a couple of Italian culinary schools in Italy.”
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Phone • 704.241.1944