Tuesday, 21 February 2012 13:00
“No one is born a great chef — one learns by doing.”
This quote from Julia Child hangs on the wall in AMG Catering’s expansive new space with the gleaming, stainless steel teaching kitchen, and it couldn’t be more fitting. AMG Catering, which has been a full service business for 17 years, has now launched a cooking school at its new location at 196 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut.
“We’ve got this big space and it is perfect for both cooking classes and catering,” said Alison Milwe-Grace of Weston, the chef and owner of the full-service catering business. Ms. Milwe-Grace decided to team with her longtime friend, Olivia Savarese of Wilton, an event planner who shares her love of cooking, to offer classes for both children and adults. Ms. Savarese will serve as director of children’s cooking classes.
“There’s a synergy to our partnership, from being friends for so long,” said Ms. Grace, who also teaches culinary arts at Westport’s Staples High School and has served as executive chef in such restaurants as the Sunset Grille in Norwalk. “It’s seamless.”
“We’ve always wanted to do this — we are doing what we love,” said Ms. Savarese, who grew up in Paris, the daughter of a restaurateur.
“I literally grew up in restaurants,” she said.
Ms. Savarese gained expertise from working in kitchens with “brilliant French and American chefs on both sides of the Atlantic,” she said. She also worked as an event planner for Levy Restaurants.