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Chef/Owner Sherry Swanson

Sherry discovered her love of cooking at an early age during the many hours she spent in the kitchen with her grandmother. In high school, Sherry found her second passion, teaching when she started teaching dance classes. She continued teaching while attending college. After graduating with a degree in psychology and graphic design she entered the corporate world, designing logos, web sites and product packaging. She moved from designing and developing web sites to project management. However, at GE Capital she rediscovered her love of teaching and began creating and teaching seminars on a variety of topics from basic html and internet research, to web site usability. Sherry enjoyed the corporate world but wanted a more creative outlet and something that would allow her to explore her passion for food.

Sherry enrolled at the Cook Street School of Fine Cooking. Cook Street’s intensive culinary program is designed for career changing professionals and includes an integrated wine curriculum. Sherry is classically trained in French and Italian cooking techniques and a certified sommelier. After graduating from culinary school Sherry honed her culinary skills in Europe by studying traditional French techniques in Provence with Chef René Bérard. Visits to local markets, wineries and cheese dairies expanded her knowledge of the culinary riches of Provence. From there, Sherry studied at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Asti, Italy. It was there that she experienced the Italian passion for food and wine first hand, visiting vineyards to learn about wine making, hunting for truffles, and making gnoocci, agnolotti and tortellini by hand.

Today Sherry combines her passion for food and teaching and creates engaging, informative and fun culinary classes, teambuilding seminars and culinary events. Her classes inform as well as entertain... enrich as well as amuse. Her innovative menus are hand-crafted using only the freshest and finest quality ingredients available, many from local farms and artisan producers throughout Connecticut and New York. If you are looking for a delicious way to spend a special evening contact Sherry at A Culinary Experience.

A Culinary Experience is a licensed and insured business. Chef Sherry is ServSafe Certified and a member of The American Personal Chef Association.
A Culinary Experience
Southbury, CT
Phone: (203) 521-8219