I have a BS/MS in Industrial Engineering and for nearly 12 years, enjoyed a successful but uninspiring career as a process engineer, business analyst, and tech consultant. The entire time, I secretly dreamed of opening my own gourmet shop, bed and breakfast, restaurant … anything to fulfill my true love of all things food and fun.
In those days, I squeezed as much cooking and entertaining into weekends as I could. I traveled a ton (still do!) and never missed out on trying the local specialty or hole in the wall joint (still don’t!). Finally, in 2007, I decided to ditch the dual-life and pursue a career I loved instead of one dictated by my diploma.
Goodbye, Engineering … Hello, Culinary School!
I went The Institute of Culinary Education in NYC for both Culinary Arts & Culinary Management degrees. Since then, I’ve done everything from work as a personal chef for families in Hoboken where I live, to teach cooking classes, to work in magazine test kitchens and at Food Network to being featured in videos and on TV about things like turkey carving and setting up a home bar … and I’ve never been happier.
It’s all so ridiculously fun and doesn’t feel like work—I seriously love what I do! Plus, as a working mom with two daughters I’m glad I can inspire them to pursue a career that brings them joy too. And, what’s really cool is that my engineering background helps me write clear and streamlined recipes, present things in an easy to understand way, manage projects like a pro, and stay curious … so it’s definitely all worked out for the best.
Hi! I’m Julie Hartigan, a Professional Chef, Recipe Developer, & On Air Talent about cooking, health and entertaining who also happens to be the girl who loves to turn the everyday into a party! I’ve developed and tested 1000’s of recipes,
As a little girl, I jumped at the chance to try new dishes and would beg other kids’ grandparents for cooking lessons on their specialties from moussaka to empanadas. In fact, the first recipe I ever developed was for my own grandma’s infamous Rhubarb Crunch…to make it taste better to my 8 year old self!
Despite my early forays into the culinary world, my first career was as an engineer and tech consultant.
Believe it or not, beneath the façade of the party-loving culinary creator before you, beats the heart of a total nerd-girl.