Pin It
Submit to Reddit
Favorite

Susanne Dillingham, owner, The Tiny Chef 

At 24 years old, Susanne Dillingham can make any young entrepreneur feel humble. She attended culinary school in Italy and returned to open a business here called The Tiny Chef, which she created to prepare private dinners in people's homes and to give hands-on cooking classes.

Creative Loafing: How did it help to learn in Italy opposed to the United States?

Susanne Dillingham: Italians have a really relaxed attitude towards cooking. You learn to not freak out in the kitchen, and just take it as you go. You can develop what they call your "sixth sense," which is your cooking sense. That consists of learning to use all your senses together at the same time when you're cooking. I am going to move back there in about a year to focus on wine; I would love to get involved with making wine.

How do you keep your views on the culinary culture fresh?

I travel a lot. I go to Italy twice a year, and I love it there but also learn a lot while I'm there. I have taught classes in a city named Jesi, Italy. I also go to Sebastopol, Calif. to teach at Viva Culinary Institute of Florence once a year. I always try to stay learning, and I am constantly in a class -- whether it is a wine class or something else. I am constantly learning.

Where did you develop an interest in wine?

That started in Italy as well. I took a class for one semester, and it was with a horrible teacher, which made for a horrible experience. Then the next semester I took a class with a crazy teacher named Jonathan. He would get so emotional and crazy when he talked about wine that veins would pop out on his forehead. Before that I had no interest in wine, but as he told us historical, personal and funny stories about wine, the less I thought he was crazy and the more I got excited. He was the one who told me to always keep learning.

Pin It
Submit to Reddit
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Creative Loafing encourages a healthy discussion on its website from all sides of the conversation, but we reserve the right to delete any comments that detract from that. Violence, racism and personal attacks that go beyond the pale will not be tolerated.

Search Events

Photo Galleries

  • On Saturday, Oct. 21, hundreds gathered at Camp North End on Statesville Avenue for Charlotte's first black alternative music festival. We captured some of the bands in action on stage, but mostly we surveyed the grounds as fans, families, vendors and more lounged around the sprawling, colorful Camp North End site. It was a great day of music, food, fun, and sweet, autumn sunshine. (Photos by Mark Kemp)
» more slideshows
www.flickr.com
items in Creative Loafing Charlotte More in Creative Loafing Charlotte pool

© 2017 Womack Newspapers, Inc.
Powered by Foundation