About Amanda

It is my greatest pleasure to introduce myself: I’m Amanda Gresbach.

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This is a personal blog I’ve started as a way of tracking all of my recipes. I wanted to start a food blog for a few reasons: 1: I can cook very well, 2: I want to push others to want to cook from home and cook good food, 3: I needed a new hobby, and 4: I love writing about my passion for food. Nothing brightens my day more than a stranger messaging me and saying my recipes are excellent, great ideas, and they love what I share.

I want to inspire folks to live a healthier lifestyle and by doing that you need to start with eating good food. Not all of my recipes are healthy but the majority of them are. I put a lot of passion, hard work, and focus into eating good food and properly executing each one of my recipes. These recipes overall, are simple to do and little culinary skill is required. This blog is still new to me, so I ask for your patience as I work my way to building a solid website and pleasant appearance. I will try my best to educate my readers on the food we eat as best I can while handing out fun recipes for you and your family to enjoy.

While I work on this blog I will continue to pursue in my career as a Chef where i can keep my mind open to learning about food. I am always picking up new cookbooks and getting into biography’s of famous chefs. An amazing way to learn about a particular subject is to read about it.

I’m lucky enough in this stage of my life to have met someone who has supported me 100% of the way everyday in my love for food. The best part about this relationship we have is he is equally passionate about cooking as I am. This bond that we have with loving to cook, travel, write about food, and learn about culture and test recipes together is something wonderful. His name is Brandon and he is my backbone in this blog. A huge part of my life which means he is a part of this project as well.

Meet Brandon:

I am thankful to have support from my soon to me husband Brandon who is helping me everyday with new things to write about or advice on places to go, food we’ve eaten, etc. Brandon is my wing man when it comes to going out and eating. He is also helps edit a lot of my work and always has something to say both positive and negative that will help each of my posts become better than what it currently is.

His palate is a bit more advanced than mineΒ  so I have him on board as my recipe tester plus he knows more about food and flavor combinations whereas I’m still learning. He is also a Chef and has a goal of becoming a Culinary Arts professor to continue teaching passionate young individuals about food and cooking. He does an excellent job teaching me about new cooking techniques and giving me recipe ideas. I know he will make an excellent teacher down the road and I enjoy being his pupil in the meantime.

Looking ahead to the future, we plan to open a Gastro pub that will consist of a tasting menu, all small dishes along with a full wine bar and brewery attached toΒ  fulfill our dream.

How it all began:

I started culinary school at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, NC in the fall of 2006 not having any idea what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew was I loved to cook and thought that being an Executive Chef would be an awesome goal to reach. As My college career went on, I realized I didn’t want to be an Executive Chef. It didn’t seem to fit me and I wasn’t as crazy passionate as some of the other Executive Chef’s I began to work under. I thought being a culinary professor would fit me well and would be less stressful along with making it easier to manage a family or possibly a life outside of cooking. I wasn’t working at all during college due to the fact that I wanted to stay focused on my studies. I needed to make some spending cash somewhere down the line so I took on a work study job and got put working in the student library on campus. Not a bad gig because I was surrounded by cook books, biographies of Chefs, cooking magazines, and other food references to keep me busy and my knowledge on food building. While returning some dvd’s to the shelves one evening I came across “Gourmet’s diary of a foodie” This documentary was about a food writer who traveled to world and wrote about food and her travels. After watching that movie a light inside my head turned on making me realize I wanted to be a food writer. I’ve always enjoyed writing and traveling has always been a hobby of mine, plus who doesn’t love to eat? From that moment Ive been telling myself that you will one day make a career out of traveling for a magazine to write about food. The only thing getting in my way is experience with writing. That’s when I thought about taking my friends advice and doing a blog. It took me 2 years to get started and once I did this huge fear came over me with sharing what I had begun with the rest of the world to see. Brandon told me that if I don’t put up what I have now for people to see I will never do it. I cant be a food writer if I’m going to be afraid of what other people are going to think. Taking his advice I am finally ready to let the world see who I am, who I want to be and hopefully who I will become.

I have awesome Culinary experience behind me between the working at the Greenbrier in West Virginia where I worked for 2 years and the Ritz Carlton in Florida where I am currently working. I will take the tools and knowledge I got from these places and use them everyday to make myself a better chef.

Ive been working in the Hospitality industry for over 5 years now, and every day I love it more. This is a tough industry and you really have to have a lot of head, heart, ambition, and passion to be in it. I love cooking and I am always looking for a way to improve old recipes into something better.

Thank you for your support in my career.Β  If you have any suggestions of recommended blogs or recipes please share! I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I love writing it.

Cheers and Enjoy πŸ™‚

5 thoughts on “About Amanda”

  1. Hey, I want royalties, because if I hadn’t put you to work putting up books and DvD’s…you wouldn’t have gotten the light bulb. LoL…This is a neat idea…hope it gets to you the next step of being a food writer!!! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Amanda,

    I found your blog today thru Twitter, I’m from SlimKicker (a healthy living/fitness app), and was wondering if we can do a giveaway for your blog readers?

    Our site basically turns people’s health/fitness goals into a level up game with challenges such as quitting soda for a week. We’re looking for new challenge ideas, so was thinking of holding a contest where your readers leave a comment on a health challenge idea, and we’ll pick our favorite challenge idea, use it on our site, and give the winner either a free digital health scale, slow cooker, or digital heart monitor.

    Let me know if you’re interested by email: sue (at) slimkicker.com

    PS. You can choose not to publish this comment since it’s not really a comment, I just couldn’t find your email address =)

    Best,
    Sue

    1. Hi Sue,
      I’m sorry It’s taken me forever to get back to you. I would just like to know a little more information before approving the giveaway. It sounds like a neat idea. I don’t have too many readers that I know of because my blog has only been around for a few months but if doing a giveaway would help draw in more readers and followers, I’m all for it. Could you just tell me more about what you would like to do and what you need me to do for you to get this to work?
      Also my email address if you would like to get in touch with me there is agres12@yahoo.com. Feel free to check out my facebook page as well: http://www.facebook.com/driven2eat

      Thank you.

      Amanda Gresbach.

  3. Hello Amanda,
    I just stumbled upon your blog and I am loving your recipes. I look forward to looking through more, but you’re right, looks like you can cook great food πŸ˜‰
    Sophia πŸ™‚

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