One chef’s gastronomical journey
Originally from Panama, Daisy Hollender came to the United States in 2008 with her husband, Charlie. In the years since, she and Charlie, a Sergeant First Class in the Army, have lived in a handful of states across the U.S., most recently settling in Jarrell with their young son, Maximo.
A new journey: While stationed in North Carolina, Daisy began a “gastronomical journey” by earning a culinary degree from the Art Institute of Raleigh Durham. This, after finding her passion for cooking as a child in her abuela’s (grandmother’s) kitchen in Panama. After Maximo was born, she found herself struggling to balance home, work, and school, so she set about finding a way to continue cooking while spending as much time as possible with her family.
A love of food: Passionate about healthy eating and cooking delicious food made from the locally-sourced ingredients, Daisy says, “I think it’s the Panama in me that makes me want to prepare everything from scratch. Great seafood and amazing open-air markets are everywhere in Panama, so seeking out the freshest ingredients is something I’ve always known.” One of her favorite dishes to make is gnocchi. Although the Italian-style dumplings are normally made from potatoes, Daisy often substitutes butternut squash or pumpkin as a healthy alternative.
Planning, organizing, and cooking: Daisy combined her organizational and planning skills with her love of cooking to create a business—Wild Ginger Personal Chef—that makes meal planning and preparation more fun and less stressful. Through her business, Daisy offers services from meal planning to providing romantic dinners for two.
Sharing her mission: Daisy’s mission is to help people have more time to do what they enjoy doing and at the same time be able to experience amazing food made with the highest quality ingredients. She also helps clients understand that it’s okay to ask for help. “I still rely on my husband and son to help me, whether I’m cooking for a party or doing demonstrations at Wolf Ranch Farmers Market,” she says.
To learn more about Chef Daisy and Wild Ginger Personal Chef, go to wildgingerpersonalchef.com.