I was born and raised in a small town in Ohio, the youngest of 14 children to a Southern Baptist Preacher and the Best Cook that ever graced this earth! Fishing and Cedar Point were our favorite past time. My family's weekly Friday or Saturday fish fry would always bring home the family and friends.
Although we lived up north, my parents were part of the Great Migration in the late 40's to the north from the rural south. Both of my parents were from Mississippi, so that homemade southern style cooking was prepared everyday in my home.
My love of cooking came from the many holiday dinner's prepared by my mother. My parent's home was always the gathering place for all family holidays and events. Being the youngest, I was the last one to leave home so I was always the designated “Sous Chef”! Watching my mother prepare these massive meals of many dishes, all from scratch, for my family was truly a “Labor of Love”.
My mother prepared each and every one our dinners with love. She always said that food brings people together and that was one of her ways of showing us how much she loved us. Her “Homemade Home-style Southern Cuisine” became the “heart-print” for my cooking style. I was also influenced by my mother's job as the cook at an Italian restaurant for over 30 yrs.
Over the past 20 years, I have cultivated many skills in the kitchen and fell in love with cooking. It did not take me long to realize what my mother meant by putting “Love” in your food, it was something that just felt natural to do.
I have been in the Catering and Personal Chef business for over 15 years. I opened up my first Restaurant in 2014 and was featured in "Up and Coming” magazine in Hagerstown, Md. I was named “Entrepreneur of the Year”, by the Business Professionals of America, Shippensburg University Chapter.
With each and every event, big or small, 1 or 100 people, with Chef Mary you will always “Taste the Love”!