Nicole Bunting (December 2011) grew up in a middle class family in Royal Oak, Michigan. She started her journey into the culinary world out of necessity. “I needed a way to finance my college education,” says Nicole. “So I worked Front of the House (FOH) as a server and bartender on and off for over twelve years.” Fascinated by the kitchen, Nicole memorized the recipes and ingredients of the restaurants dishes. This was Nicole’s first taste of culinary education and training.
After graduating with a double major in Political Science and French, Nicole still had no idea “what she wanted to be when she grew up.” She dabbled in different areas until she started her home-based network marketing business, with ViSalus Sciences and the Body by Vi Challenge. “I got to express my passion for teaching and motivating people through health and wealth,” says Nicole. She achieved great success with her business and stayed busy over the next couple of years.
Nicole began to research options to take her love for the culinary world to the next level and began courting Cook Street School of Culinary Arts. After nearly two years of trying to coordinate her schedule with Cook Street, she enrolled for the December 2011 term. “I finally get to focus on something else for awhile; what I love most in the world, food!” says Nicole.
Nicole participated in Cook Streets’ intensive and accelerated culinary arts program. “I was a decent home cook with a good palate and good instincts prior to school…I really feel that Cook Street’s culinary arts program elevated my skill set to a whole other level!” says Nicole. “I’ve learned so much that was applicable and applied knowledge as opposed to just knowledge…I use my education every day!” says Nicole. Nicole also took advantage of Cook Street’s elective course, the European Culinary Tour and had the opportunity to spend six weeks traveling through Europe and studying food.
As an entrepreneur for the past nine years, Nicole knew when she enrolled at Cook Street she would never work for anyone else and decided to pursue something that combined her two passions, cooking and teaching. With her newly developed culinary skill set she launched her personal chef business concept and “It’s JUST FOOD, LLC” was born.
“I want to offer the best quality services to people all while providing whatever education I can with regard to food, preparation and culinary methods,” say Nicole. “My goal is to instill the kind of passion that I have for food and cooking into as many people as possible!”
Nicole’s services are all in home and include personal chef, private and group culinary lessons, and entertainment/interactive dinner parties. She is offering 90-day introductory pricing and information is available on her website www.itsjustfoodllc.com. She can also be contacted via email at
.What is in the future for Nicole? She has just been accepted into the program at Gastronomicon in the South of France, and will be learning the art of pastry and savory foods for two months in the fall. Nicole is also working on her culinary blogs. So stay posted!