I had the pleasure of having lunch at Anne Goffin's house this summer. She made a light lunch of fritatta and greek salad with a nectarine galette for dessert. Anne has worked in many restaurants, done catering, cooking workshops (here) , cooking videos (here) (and here), is a private chef and food stylist (here), as well as her home cooked meals enjoyed by her husband and two children.
Our boys helping scrub the veggies.
When did you know you wanted to cook for a living? I think it was as far back as 10 years old that I knew I wanted to be a chef but the passion began much earlier than that. I was so lucky to grow up in an environment that both allowed for and nourished my love for food. I remember many long hours spent experimenting in my mothers kitchen.
What are your favorite parts of professional cooking? What are you favorite parts of home cooking? My creativity really shines in professional cooking. I'm a perfectionist and I take joy in executing a dynamic, beautiful meal. When I cook professionally I really challenge myself to create something unique each time. I like that feeling. I also like the feeling of really simple food. Grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken soup, apple sauce, pasta with cheese etc. I usually relax a little more with my cooking at home. I try to focus on the veggies and aim for quick, easy and fresh.
Since having children how has your cooking changed? Yes! I have always been interested in healthy cooking but now there is more of a focus on "How can I fit more vegetables in to that dish?". My cooking has simplified in some ways. I now have some quick, healthy, go to recipes, if you can even call them that they are so brief, that I rely on in order to keep the frozen pizzas IN the freezer. I tend to cook vegetables in advance and have them ready. I have successfully raised two young children who will eat just about anything or at least try it once; thus far anyway, knock on wood. I am not shy about this fact, however I try not to lord it over anyone and I don't blame anyone for falling short here. I know what an uphill battle it can be. I'm so proud that I have succeeded in this way and would love to share my methods with other parents. The malnutrition in children in this country is staggering and we are paying for it as a community.
You have done classes and cooking videos. What are you up to now? I am currently working on projects as a private chef, food stylist, recipe tester/developer and I have started my own fledgling blog
What are some of your favorite things going on in cooking and food today? There is a growing consciousness about simple cooking and a plant based diet. Many intelligent people are pushing for a rebirth of traditional home cooking and trying to find a place for it in our modern world. Weather it is cookbook authors focusing on quick and healthy meals or meal kit delivery services, bloggers, farmers markets, film makers, authors and newspaper columnists. There is evidence of an active movement which gives me hope for the future health of our species and planet.