Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” — Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

When Anastacia Quiñones left the restaurant world, to be a teacher, we weren’t sure she would be back. She had a newborn daughter. The classroom demanded less of her time than the kitchen. She was doing exactly what she thought she wanted to do. Then one day Casie Caldwell called.

A long time ago someone told me I was born to be an executive chef. I corrected them and said I was born to cook.

— Chef Anastacia Quiñones

Written by Ron Thompson
My passion is exploring this crossover culture of food and stage — the people who create it, love it, revel in it, and use it to make where we live a better place to be. Find Chef & Song on Facebook