Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Amy’s first food memories are of making potato candy with her grandmother, and the Steelers Super Bowl parties during the 1970’s.
“I was never interested in the football, but that black and gold cake was so exciting for me,” Amy explains.
While studying and living in England and Ireland during college, Amy realized that she was completely preoccupied with food. “Anything that was a slight bit different than what I grew up with fascinated me. Fries with garlic mayo? Yes, please! Curry? Absolutely! Kebabs from a take-away shop? I’ll have two!” she exclaims.
Amy graduated from Penn State and followed a career into marketing that had begun in her early college years.
“The jobs I had in marketing never felt like they fit me, but I would have to go back to school to change the trajectory of my career, and I didn’t have the time or money for that. I had applied to culinary school in 2009. But I couldn’t afford it. However, I got a small windfall in late 2012. I SPRINTED to culinary school,” she says.
“I was there within two months of receiving the windfall!”
She graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 2014 and was also the editor of the student newspaper. Now, she is thrilled to be working with Taste of Home and excited to travel the country, meeting Taste of Home fans. “I love Taste of Home, it’s so comforting to me because it reminds me of the rural community that I grew up in, everyone sharing recipes and cooking for each other. I can’t wait to share my cooking knowledge with everyone!”
When Amy isn’t on the road conducting Cooking School shows, she’s home in Poughkeepsie, New York.