Kate Robertson

(the gist of it...)

Welcome to the world of Kate Uncorked! Allow me (Kate!) to introduce myself. I am a personal chef, wine consultant and blogger living and cooking in the Richmond, VA area. I specialize in seasonal, farm-to-table style food with a touch of Irish flare. I use the highest quality sustainable organic ingredients I can find to create elegant, balanced and simple meals and I try to support local producers to the best of my ability. Follow my blog for easy recipes and wine advice. If you're interested in placing an order or working with me, give me a call!

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A year ago I couldn’t have imagined I would be where I am today. I was finishing up my fifth year in New York City and thought that I had the perfect recipe for a happy and successful life. I had a steady job, a great apartment, an amazing group of friends and on top of that I was living in my favorite city in the world. I was essentially doing everything right but still went to bed each day feeling unfulfilled. 

Food has always been a big part of my life and I credit my Grandmother with sparking my passion for cooking and baking at an early age. While most kids might have gone to the zoo or the playground with their grandparents, my visits consisted of picking blackberries from their backyard garden and baking a pie from scratch. Twenty years later, this is still my idea of a perfect Saturday (except now I’ll take my pie with a glass of rosé, please).

I’m a firm believer that the best way to explore a city is through its food. Make no mistake, during my five years in New York, I didn’t just explore, I invaded the food scene (and my bank account is still suffering!).  Whether I was trying a new restaurant, going back to an old staple (RIP Prima), getting lost in a farmers market or simply cooking dinners for friends, my fondest memories all involved food (and, let’s be honest, wine).  

When the time came to commit to a sixth year in New York, I realized that I had a choice to make: I could stay on the steady path that I had created for myself or I could address the void that was becoming increasingly apparent in my life. 

As you might have guessed, I chose the latter and decided it was time to follow my passion to greener pastures, literally.  Enter Ireland.  I quit my job, moved out of New York and enrolled in the 12 week intensive program at Ballymaloe, a world renowned farm-to-table focused cooking school located on an organic farm in Cork, Ireland. This turned out to be the best decision of my life to date. 

As I understand it, there are very few times in life when you are given an opportunity to pursue a true passion, explore a new culture and move in with a group of 60 strangers who know nothing about you. I had the opportunity to do all three at once and am forever grateful. Ballymaloe changed my approach to food, helped me to develop a true respect for ingredients and molded me into the cook that I am today. 

So, a year later, here I am! Living in my hometown of Richmond, VA, working as a personal chef and soaking up every ounce of culinary culture that Richmond has to offer. I originally created Kate Uncorked as a blog to document my adventures in Ireland. When I returned to The States, I started receiving several requests to cook food for mothers with newborn babies. After a bit of research, I realized there is a need for freshly prepared foods and personal chef services in the Richmond area and thus, my sweet little blog has grown into a sweet little business.

I’m so excited to share my food with the Richmond community and to continue to explore Richmond as it undergoes this incredible culinary renaissance. Read on for more information about Kate Uncorked! Thanks for stopping by! 

FAQ

What is Kate Uncorked?
1.    As a blog, my goal is to provide you with seasonally crafted, simple recipes as well as wine knowledge! I have a degree from the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland and two levels of wine certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London. I believe that wine should be approachable and that good wine can be affordable, however, this is not always the case. On Kate Uncorked, you’ll find Wine Wednesday posts in which I provide you with some basic wine knowledge as well as recommendations from local Richmond wine shops.
2.    As a service, I offer
•    Ready to eat meals and frozen casseroles delivered to your door – the perfect weekday meal or the perfect gift!
•    Personal chef services including small parties and home cooking
•    Wine consultation


What type of food do you cook? 
Seasonal, farm-to-table style food with a touch of Irish flare. I use the highest quality sustainable organic ingredients I can find to create a seasonal, elegant, balanced and simple meal. I try to support local producers to the best of my ability. I will always work with clients to accommodate any dietary restrictions.

What chefs have inspired your style of cooking? 
Darina Allen, Rory O’Connell, Alice Waters, Yotam Ottolenghi, Skye Gyngell, Fergus Henderson, April Bloomfield, Julia Child 

How do I place an order? 
Call 804.873.8495 or email kateuncorked@gmail.com with any requests!

What are your payment options?
Cash, Check or PayPal