Culinary Consultant and Chef, Donna Marie (Zotter) Desfor, has been studying the culinary arts since she began her career as a lawyer in Philadelphia. By the late '90s when she moved to Central Pennsylvania, she had combined her interest for world travel with her love of food and fine wine. While she continued working as a lawyer, she was accepted into L'ecole de Chefs, and traveled to South Africa’s Paarl wine valley where she trained in contemporary French cuisine with Master Chef Frank Zlomke at the #1 rated Bosmans Restaurant. Committed to improving her skills and devoted to her passion for understanding food, flavor, and the elements of taste, she continued her education by attending cooking classes in France, and through a rigorous program of self-study. Interested in developing her knowledge of wine, she traveled to the Chilean countryside learning New World wines while writing an article for the internationally acclaimed Montes winery.
A published food writer and recipe developer, she currently hosts the Food Section for WITF, Inc., central Pennsylvania's public media outlet and NPR affiliate, and she hosts a weekly cooking segment on FOX 43 news, covering the central Pennsylvania Region.
Her weekly Food Wednesdays column covers everything from seasonal ingredients to entertaining know-how, and includes recipes. She has trained and worked with culinary notables as Susan Herrmann Loomis and David Leite, and helped originate a gastronomic website by creating original recipes, articles and contributing to its holiday Entertaining Survival Guide published in December, 2005. Most recently she opened a first-of-its-kind Tasting Room in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania in January, 2010. The Tasting Room is called The Baudelaire Onion.
She recently appeared as weekend guest chef in regular rotation on CBS-TV in the greater Harrisburg region, and has been featured in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and Central PA Magazine. She authored Seriously Good (Dairy-free, Egg-free and Nut-free) Food, a personal collection of recipes that she created to help her family adapt to cooking and eating for severe food allergies. A portion of each sale is donated to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.
Committed to sharing her love for food and wine and her skills for creating delicious food in any home setting, she launched There's a Chef in My Kitchen, LLC as a local (and portable) culinary institute. From classroom-type curriculums and hands-on training, to haute cuisine dinner parties and guided wine or food tastings, Chef Donna Marie Desfor will help you learn how to effortlessly create delicious food and truly enjoy the experience and pleasures of eating well.