KATY KECK began cooking at the age of 5 on an Easy Bake oven and soon moved on to such great successes as a blue ribbon in the Butter Cake division at a local Indiana 4H Fair. But only after surviving a University of Chicago MBA and a career in marketing and finance on Wall Street did cooking became a serious career option.
In 1986, Keck won an apprenticeship at Le Grand Monarque in Chartres, France as the grand prize in the Flavors of France contest for her Marie Brizard chocolate torte recipe. This stage was followed by a year of internships in three other Michelin-starred restaurants. On returning to the United States, Keck created Savoir Faire Foods, a free-lance consulting business with primary projects in recipe development, new product development and marketing, food and demo styling, and culinary special events. Ms. Keck has styled segments for The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Today Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Linda McCartney, Antonio Banderas, and former Yankee second baseman Steve Sax, spokesman for the US Rice Council.