Emily Ellyn on From Chef to Food Network Star, Succeeding in a Male Dominated Industry, and The Importance of Sustainability

Meet Emily Ellyn, a chef and culinary educator seen on Food Network’s “Food Network Star,” “Cupcake Wars,” and “Cutthroat Kitchen” — and CEO School podcast guest! Emily Ellyn is the Home Economics teacher you’ve always wanted! She’s the mother of Retro Rad cooking and encourages everyone to dig through their family recipe box, dust off their pressure cookers, and take the old and make it new. This year Emily celebrates her 5th year as the national spokesperson for Frigo® cheese and first year as the national spokesperson for Santa Monica Seafood. In between appearances and developing recipes you’ll likely find Emily at home, busy in her garden or cooking up her first book. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR: 🎙

  • How Emily knew from a young age she loved cooking and was raised in a family of gardeners and Irish immigrants planting crops all along Cleveland. (4:27)
  • The best entrepreneurial lesson Emily learned during culinary school. (10:54)
  • Emily’s journey to auditioning for the next Food Network Star without being aware the opportunity was available. (16:29)
  • Being new to the television world allowed Emily to enjoy the moment and say yes to offers, as well as be herself in this new industry. (24:20)
  • Taking a long time to join the American Culinary Federation because the people in leadership did not resonate with Emily as a chef. (31:17)
  • Incremental changes you can make in your daily life to help with sustainable living. Suneera and Emily break down the steps. (39:16)

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