The Local Ladle

Meet Madeline

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.

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Photos by Hamza Quadra, check him out

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.

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Photos by Hamza Quadra, check him out!

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!


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Photos by Hamza Quadra, check him out!


2 thoughts on “Meet Madeline

  1. Congratulations Maddie, your Mom sent out an email tonight letting us know of your new adventure. I’m a long time friend of your Mom & I’ve known your Grandma for many years. I’m excited for you and have looked through The Local Ladle blog. Can I say I’m impressed and wish you much success in your new adventures. I look forward to getting your new recipes, I can’t promise I’ll try them, although I always have a goal to cook when I have time. Hope to have more time & try our your recipes, they look amazing!

    1. Rita,

      Thank you so much for looking into my site and commenting! I am very excited to share my recipes and ideas with you and everyone! I hope one day you do get the chance to try out a few recipes! :) All the best!

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