Hey there! I’m Nicole Gaffney, or Coley as I’m known to friends and family. I’m a professionally trained chef, author, recipe developer and tv personality.
You might recognize me as being a regular guest on QVC, host of The Chef’s Kitchen (a syndicated cooking show) or as the second runner up on season 10 of Food Network Star.
I have over 20 years of experience working in all realms of the food industry. I started scooping ice cream when I was 14 and then worked in multiple restaurants, as both front and back of the house. I attended the Academy of Culinary Arts while managing an upscale Italian market and teaching cooking classes, then started a private chef business where I prepared meals for clients and catered small events. In 2017, I opened a smoothie shop in my hometown, called Soulberri, and later went on to write a cook book called The Art of the Smoothie Bowl.
I started this blog as a hobby, but over the years it’s morphed into a full-time job that I love more than anything I’ve ever done professionally. My recipes are inspired by my Italian background, traveling and the seasons. I eat healthy 80% of the time, but always save room for sweets and treats, especially around the holidays. I believe that food is medicine, but it’s also an immense source of happiness that should be celebrated and enjoyed without guilt.
My food philosophy is simple: Cook seasonally, use quality, whole-food ingredients and practice your technique. No one became a great cook overnight – it takes patience, repetition and messing a few things up. Don’t let one burnt dinner discourage you from trying again – it happens to the best of us! Cooking for friends and family is one of the purest ways to show love, and it’s my mission to inspire you to do it more confidently, more often.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of wonderful food and cooking brands, producing recipes, photography, videos and other content, as well as representing them on television, at trade shows and events. Interested in working together? Drop me a line at ColeyCooks @ gmail.com.
I live at the southern Jersey shore with my husband, Chaser, and our chocolate labradoodle, Phoebe. We spend as much time with our feet in the sand and sea as possible. When I’m not in the kitchen, I love tending to my garden, traveling to new places and seeing live music and stand-up comedy.
I have a big sense of humor and always write this blog with a smile, so please, always read it with one. 🙂 Subscribe to my newsletter so you never miss a recipe and stay in touch via Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter!