About

Welcome to my online world! I’m Kristy Bernardo, a fun-loving professional chef, food blogger & mom.

I started my food blog three years ago as a fun outlet for myself and – amazingly – it’s grown into something that has become much more than just my much-loved hobby. Food has become my “accidental career” – I call it that because until I had my first child seven years ago, the only things I knew how to cook were my leftovers on reheat (head over here to see my original “about” page and get more on that story). But as with anything in life, nothing is ever really accidental. I’ve had to work long hours to bring my blogging and chef career to where it is today. And I finally understand that old saying “If you find a job that you love, you’ll never work another day in your life”.

When I began cooking seven years ago, I found that I loved sharing recipes with friends and family. I could spend hours searching for the kind of recipes that weren’t too difficult or expensive but would turn out something spectacular. Most fell into the “okay” category, but there were those few that I began to call “simple gourmet”.

When I decided to write a food blog, it was these recipes that I wanted to share. I still search for those types of recipes, but as I’ve gotten more skilled in the kitchen I also create them myself. Not every recipe I create hits the mark, but that’s what cooking is all about! Every failure has taught me what doesn’t work, which, over time, makes it easier to find what does. And I love all the requests from my readers asking me to create a specific dish. It’s a way to be creative and also be more connected with my readers who make writing this blog such a joy!

My philosophy on food is that anything goes. There are very few foods that I don’t like and none that I won’t eat or try. I cook with fresh vegetables, fruits and lean meats whenever I can, but I also use real butter, whole milk and cream and am not afraid of bacon. Everyone wants to eat healthy, and it’s an amazing thing when you can make it taste great! And if you’re making smart choices every day, you don’t need to feel guilty when you want to indulge.

In addition to my food blog and running a successful business as a personal chef, I also teach cooking classes, speak at conferences and events and appear on video and television. Here are some of the things I’ve been up to lately:

Spokesperson

Simply Potatoes, Oct – Dec 2011
Simply Potatoes, 2012
Simply Potatoes, 2013
Cozi, 2013

Video

Gourmoo Cookoff Series Judge 2010 (sponsored by America’s Dairy Farmers and Lactaid)
Gourmoo Cooking, Series Host 2011 (sponsored by America’s Dairy Farmers and Lactaid)
Simply Potatoes, Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, 2011 (see video below)
Deca.tv, Tyson Chicken Sandwich Challenge, 2011
Johnsonville Sausage, 2010

Live Television, Let’s Talk Live

March 2011
October 2011
January 2012
March 2012
August 2012

W-USA TV, Channel 9

August 2012
November 2012

Recipe Development

Johnsonville Sausage
POM Wonderful
Simply Potatoes
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Driscoll’s Berries
Plum Organics

Print

Turn Your Hobby into a Career (I AM Modern Magazine, Jan 2011)
Frosting, A Cupcakery (Review, I AM Modern Magazine, Jan 2011)

Other accomplishments

Named one of Babble.com’s Top 50 Mommy Food Bloggers, 2010
Named one of Babble.com’s Top 100 Mommy Food Bloggers, 2011
Named one of Babble.com’s Top 100 Mommy Food Bloggers, 2012 {#3 Budget Conscious, 2011}
Named one of Babble.com’s Top 100 Mommy Food Bloggers
, {#6 Best Overall, #5 Budget Conscious, #4 Best Photography}
Hot Blogs Hit List – Northern VA Magazine, November 2012
Featured on Driscoll’s Berries
Recipe creator for the “America Makes Dinner“campaign (with Cozi & Partnership for a Healthier America)
Winner of Tyson Chicken Sandwich Challenge
Winner of Saucy Mama Condiment Contest, 1st 2009, 2nd 2011, 2nd 2012
Food Guru, I AM Modern Magazine
Partner of Share Our Strength – working to end childhood hunger in America!
Good Bite contributor
Co-hosted Cooking Connection’s Virtual Cooking Classes
Chosen by Saveur Magazine for “Best of the Web
Named one of Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Foodie Moms; voted to Top 6 by Circle of Moms readers
Winner of Best Fish Taco Photo, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Original site design by yours truly and featured on the theme’s showcase page
With rare exception, all food photography was taken by me

 

If you’d like to say hello or just have a question, please feel free to shoot me an email! And if you’d like to work together, my agent, Tim Kessler, would be happy to chat with you, too. You can find his information on my contact page.

And remember, you are what you eat, so why not be delicious?

 

xoxo,

Kristy

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