Welcome to The Local Ladle, I am Madeline.
At 24, I am a new fresh mind in the culinary community. My goal for this blog is to learn and grow with my audience in both the kitchen and in everyday life! I will be your guide to cooking for an occasion and for the everyday routine. I am the number one promoter for taking a break from the kitchen and trying out the next new restaurant, so check out the city guide for places I have been! In the kitchen, I am all about using healthy wholesome ingredients and substitutes to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Where did my passion for food begin?
It all began in my tiny college kitchen where we barely owned one bowl and a spatula. Food gave me an escape from burying my head in the books and allowed me to channel my creative and experimental side! In 2014, like any Millennial college graduate, I decided that I wanted more than just the desk job. Three short months later I was off to the best decision I had ever made, Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland!
Ballymaloe was a 6am wake up to pick beautiful organic ingredients on a 100 acre farm and to later cook with them to create flavorful and farm inspired dishes. It instilled in me a respect for food and the understanding of the amount of hands that actually go into creating a dish. From planting the seed to serving the plate, food has played a huge role in the way we are today and the things we take for granted. I want to continue to honor and share our history of ingredients and methods and how they continue to unify us.
What am I up to now?
I’ve recently moved back to my hometown of Chicago, IL and I could not be more thrilled to be in the windy city! Chicago is a community of never ending creativity, where especially the culinary scene is continually booming. I’ve already highlighted a few restaurants that are must eats when in Chicago under the City Guide section. Recently, I have received the incredible opportunity to work with the Culinary Fight Club team to help grow and strengthen their brand! I am also working with an amazing Restaurant Group as their Sales Manger!
If you’re still reading, I’m impressed! As I said, I am looking to learn and grow with you! Any comments, suggestions, complaints are always welcome!