I’m a professionally trained chef, recipe developer, food writer, and tv personality best known for being second runner up on the 10th season of Food Network Star. From 2010 through 2015, I owned and operated a personal chef and catering service called The Dinner Belle. I have a degree in Communications from Louisiana State University and studied both hot foods and pastry at the Academy of Culinary Arts. I have over 15 years of experience working in the food and beverage industries.
I’m a brand ambassador for Australis Barramundi also host a syndicated TV show called The Chef’s Kitchen. In 2017, I opened a little shop in my hometown of Brigantine, NJ, called Soulberri. We sell smoothies, smoothie bowls, and amazing locally roasted coffee. We’re closed for the winter and will be reopening May 4th, 2019!
In April 2019, I’m releasing my very first cookbook, called the Art of the Smoothie Bowl. It details a lot of the methods I used to develop our signature recipes at Soulberri, and also includes many of them.
To learn more about my professional experience and explore the ways we can work together, please visit the Work with Coley page.
I mostly post recipes, but I’ll occasionally pop in to take you on a tour of my garden or tell you about my experiences traveling to new and exciting places. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, there’s a little something here for everyone. I tackle everything from making a basic tomato sauce to curing and smoking your own bacon.
My style of cooking is dictated mostly by the seasons since I’m lucky enough to experience all four of them where I live. You’ll find lots of garden-inspired, veggie-centric recipes, plus plenty of sweet treats, as I have a mouth full of sweet teeth. You’ll also find lots of seafood, a little bit of meat, plenty of pasta, some breakfast, the occasional beverage and even a few homemade beauty products. Oh! And tomatoes. Sooo many tomatoes. It’s a major obsession.
I was lucky enough to marry a handsome fella named Chaser. He’s a unique guy with a unique name and I like it that way. One day we’re going to live in an amazing house on the water that he designs just for us.
We live on the southern Jersey coast and spend as much time with our feet in the sand and sea as possible. We love gardening, surfing, sailing, fishing, traveling, seeing live music / comedy shows and playing with our chocolate labradoodle, Phoebe. We also love eating, but isn’t that a given?
I have a big sense of humor and always write this blog with a smile, so please, always read it with one. 🙂
For inquiries about content, sponsorship, advertisements, appearances or just to say “hey!” drop me a line at ColeyCooks at gmail dot com (I have to write it that way to fool the spambots).