Chef Catherine O’Brien began her love of food at a young age watching her house keeper “Miss Virginia” making biscuits and fried chicken at her family’s Virginia Beach home.
When not surfing at the beach she spent hours watching Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet on TV. Catherine’s parents decided to enroll her at Johnson & Wales University to study Culinary Arts and save her from a life as a beach bum. Her culinary positions ranged from Garde Manger at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Chef at The University Club in Baltimore and Corporate Chef for the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C.
One of the high points of her career was appearing on the Food Network’s series “Chopped” (Sweet Heat, 3118). Chef Catie is pleased to share the longer version of her life story with anyone that asks.