Chelsea started cooking professionally at the age of 16 and has moved through the workings of the kitchen as her career developed over the last 20+ years. She has cooked in many cities and states, learning different styles of cuisine, working in a variety of settings including fine dining, small cafes, bakeries, grocery store delis, farmers markets, catering and as a cooking class instructor.
Originally from Chicago, Chelsea moved to the Driftless area with her parents as a teenager and graduated from Kickapoo High School. Chelsea went on to graduate with honors from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago with degrees in Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking and Culinary Business Management. She came back to the area about five years ago and worked for People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse as a pastry chef and baker, and at Harmony Valley Farm as the farm chef.
A little over a year ago Chelsea joined the VFC Deli Team as the Deli Assistant Manager. In November of 2017, she was promoted to Head Chef as the Prepared Foods Manager.
“I am happy to be back home, working with wonderful local ingredients and friendly co-workers at the Viroqua Food Co+op,” said Chelsea. “I’m looking forward to our new store and especially the new deli kitchen!”