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About the Chefs

Melissa and Allen have both been in and out of the hospitality industry all their lives. Melissa’s family was in the food distribution business all throughout her childhood where she helped out with food shows and spent time in the warehouse learning the business. Melissa has also held many various positions with well-known Rockford area eateries from serving to assistant chef to front-of-the-house management, all while teaching dance at Rockford College  and working as a choreographer for various local theatres.  Melissa returned to college from 2008 to 2010, studying culinary management at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute of Elgin. She has also had the experience of running her own business. Allen’s parents owned several  successful restaurants during their lifetime,one of which was Fox Valleys most popular catering companies. Allen spent many hours as a child and young adult working there before heading off to the military to serve honorably in the U.S. Navy. After many years away Allen found himself longing to be back in the hospitality industry, cooking and entertaining for people. Allen also attended the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute of Elgin studying the culinary arts, culinary management, marketing and sales.  During Allen’s time in college he also worked in several well-known restaurants re-acquainting himself with the business first-hand. Melissa and Allen met while attending a  management class where they collaborated on a project together and realized they both had the same passion for food, fun, wine and the hospitality industry. A personal relationship blossomed through their present and past experiences and soon after they realized their dreams of serving and entertaining people in a professional manner by starting their personal chef and catering service business in 2010. Allen and Melissa were married in 2011 and have five beautiful children between them. Melissa and Allen are both certified by the state of Illinois department of health in food safety and sanitation and hold various certificates of accomplishment in management and the culinary arts and hospitality industry.


Simple Elegance Personal Chef and Catering Services 
7132 Salzbrenner Lane Machesney Park, IL 61115 US 
Phone: 815-668-3608 
Website: www.simpleelegancechefs.com