Hi, my name is Sharon Ashburn, and I'm the "chef" behind Stay at Home Chef. I thought I'd take this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a little about my background.
I graduated from University of Maryland in 1987 with a degree in Animal Science. After college I worked my way up through the ranks of the professional kitchen, starting as "garde manger" in a French restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, DE. For the next 6 years I worked in restaurants in the Baltimore area where I developed a repertoire of seafood recipes for which the Chesapeake Bay area is famous.
In 1993 I became Executive Chef at the prestigious Antrim 1844 Country Inn, which had recently been voted one of the top 10 country inns by Country Inns Magazine. With the historic mansion just refurbished, the owners were ready to open the restaurant to the public and establish the Inn as a destination for weddings. Over the next 6 years, I helped the restaurant become renowned throughout the state and received many accolades. As Executive Chef, I also planned and orchestrated over 100 wedding receptions a year.
In what I can only describe as an early midlife crisis, I moved to Colorado in 1999 to fufill a lifelong dream of owning a horse and spending more time outdoors. Here, I took a job as the chef at Dutch Creek Guest Ranch. I also learned to hunt, and in 2001 shot my first elk. I have since learned to prepare game dishes of all kinds, including deer, antelope and grouse.
The restaurant business is incredibly demanding, and I retired from restaurants in 2003. However, I have never tired of creating wonderful meals for people -- it is my true passion. With my varied experience, I think I can be your ideal personal chef!
But enough of me talking about me...check out the testimomials page and read what others
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