I have been an avid cook and food lover for as long as I can remember.  My life has been an incredible series of events and adventures, all of which have a distinct food memory attached to them.  I have traveled the world and always joke that don't recall the paintings I saw in a museum, but I could tell you exactly what I ate in the museum cafe.  


Several years ago, I enrolled in culinary school at the Art Institute of Atlanta.  It was incredibly daunting to be back in a classroom setting,  but certainly, with age comes wisdom and I took full advantage of my culinary school experience and enjoyed every minute of it.  Additionally, I have had many wonderful opportunities to acquire hands on cooking skills while working with many talented local chefs.



-Graduate of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Altanta

-Serv Safe Certified

​-Wilton Method Lvl III, Cake Decorator

​-Member of the USPCA, United States Personal Chef Association

-Member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP)

-Member of The Southern Foodways Alliance

-Sous-Chef at Taste and Savor Inc. (February 2011- April 2016)

​-Culinary Instruction at The Cook's Warehouse


Sharing good food with others is truly my passion and I hope you will enjoy the photographs and stories I share, as I continue my quest to make every plate something to be Passionate about.

ABOUTLea Bowen 

CHARLIE

I saw a quote on Pinterest that stated, "Whoever said that diamonds were a girls best friend, never owned a dog".  That pretty much sums up my relationship with this fluff ball.  The only downside of being a chef, is that you can't bring your pooch to work.

Family and Travel
I am a mom to two amazing kids. This is  picture of them on our incredible trip to Paris in June of 2014.  I'm doing my best to instill them with a love of travel, new cultures and cuisine. Our most recent adventure was to Puerto Rico in February of 2016.  Nothing beats a Caribbean getaway in the middle of winter!



WINE

I have come along way since my days of swigging Boone's farm out of a solo cup.The world of wine is fascinating and overwhelming all at the same time.  The best part of learning about wine is the tasting, and of course discovering the perfect paring with food. 

More of My Passions : 




Lea Zachary Bowen

Trained at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Cullinary Skills Diploma

The Passionate Plate: