Article originally published byThe Town Dish
Photography: Alexandra Whitney Photography
Really good cooking is much akin to a well-performed dance in the kitchen. All the attributes that make for intrigue and skill on the plate are the same for, say, a ballet. Graceful. Interesting. Practiced. Intentional. Emily Scott is that kitchen performer.
The Malvern native’s residency with the Orlando Ballet Company was the impetus for founding The Wildflower Chef. “I was obsessed with Rachael Ray,” laughs Chef Scott. “I loved all of her food.” So inspired, the dancer invited the tight-knit dance community into her kitchen for meals. Scott pushed to incorporate myriad substitutions in an attempt to “eat things we wanted to eat, but couldn’t.” It was in Orlando that Scott’s creative energy shifted from the stage to the kitchen. Culinary school took the place of the dance floor, and her inventiveness flourished. Now Scott is bringing that creative energy to the dinner tables of West Chester and the Main Line.
Returning to the Philadelphia area, culinary degree in hand, Scott continued to hone her craft at The Desmond and move on to Fork. “But it felt too much like a grind,” she admits. Wanting to be more connected with farms and food producers, she made the move to Washington state, where she was inspired by a community supported agriculture (CSA) program while learning to make cheese at a fromagerie. There, Chef Scott also found herself out and about picking spinach, cultivating farming connections and sourcing wholesome ingredients.
Back on the East Coast working in and around Lancaster County with great, local produce from the likes of the Farm Fresh Co-Op, Scott had the entrepreneurial itch to share her reverence for wholesome, interesting food. “I wanted to be creative,” she says.
In founding The Wildflower Chef, Scott is focusing on wholesome foods. Her in-home cooking classes teach the everyday chef how to cook meals with that same healthful ambition, but the focus of her business is on preparing and delivering creative meals directly to her customers’ homes. With an affinity for organic and healthy, while keeping up with the craveability of big flavors, Scott delivers inspired dishes woven together with seasonally available produce.
Drawing influence from sources near and far, Chef Scott instructs on the preparation of meals and orchestrates larger gatherings with a constant light shining on clean eating. Amy Chaplain’s At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen and blogs like Nourished Kitchen and The First Mess lend an energizing flair to the dishes Chef Scott brings to life.
While The Killers and Taylor Swift filling the air at Chef Scott’s kitchen isn’t exactly ballet music, the frenetic energy is palpable. Creating meals, sharing insight into those meals and keeping the connection with good, clean eating is the spirited chorus that is the soundtrack for The Wildflower Chef.
Visit The Wildflower Chef website to learn more about Emily’s personal chef services, cooking classes for adults and children and boutique catering options. Find more inspiration by subscribing to The Wildflower Chef newsletter and following along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Contact Emily online via The Wildflower Chef website, by email or by calling (610) 715-8159.
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