Chef Donna’s life-long passion for cooking wholesome delicious foods that taste fresh was inspired by her Italian grandmother, who made her own pasta and regional Italian dishes. In 2000, after spending 10 yrs. in the restaurant industry, Donna launched her own company, What’s Cooking, to share her innovative and healthful culinary creations. She believes that it takes top quality ingredients-the freshest vegetables, herbs, and fish, grass fed meats, and free range poultry-to create top quality dishes. She purchases her ingredients from farm market grocers and local farms. Her menu represents several American and ethnic cuisines, and offers many vegetarian options.
Chef Donna honed her culinary skills at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, The Natural Gourmet Institute and the New School Culinary Program in NYC. In 2009, Donna attended Institute of Integrative Nutrition where she became a Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach. In addition to What’s Cooking, she offers menu and recipe development to restaurants and culinary distinction to their kitchen staff. What’s Cooking can also be hired to plan and execute private, cooking class dinner parties from 8-16 people.
Chef Donna is a member of several professional organizations where she is constantly involved in developing her culinary skills and business. She is a member of the United States Personal Chef Association and The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce in Peekskill, NY>