Women to Watch: Angie
ANGIE SHAGHAGHI, CREATIVE COOKS
Angie Shaghaghi grew up in Florida, working with fresh ingredients around the family kitchen, which inspired her love of creating traditional family meals. Now, Chef Angie is committed to bringing the spirit of home cooking to homes across America. She loves to combine the bold flavors of spices such as cumin, paprika, sumac, saffron and turmeric to give an international flair inspired by her travels around the world. Chef Angie became familiar with these exotic spices while living in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. These experiences helped to season her career and understand more about the diversity of the world.
Angie has appeared on several TV shows, including Rachel Ray’s daytime competitive reality show for 5 weeks, “Hey, Can You Cook?!” in 2008. Along the journey, as part of her food challenges, she cooked for Michael Bublé, restaurateurs/Chefs Ming Tsai and Gordon Ramsey. In 2009, she appeared on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ with host Ted Allen. Judges Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and culinary master chefs Aaron Sanchez and Scott Cohen, all agreed that Chef Angie “cooked with heart”. In 2013, she was cast to appear as a culinary expert and judge for Food Network/Lipton Tea ‘Chopped’ commercial series with Ted Allen. Also in 2013, Chef Angie got back in the reality kitchen on a Food Network’s series titled, ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ starring Alton Brown.
Chef Angie also hosts events, conducts cooking demonstrations, private parties, and has been a spokesperson of numerous brands such as Kontos Foods, a leader in Mediterranean specialty products and Oberg & Lindquist, leaders in premium kitchen appliances, custom designs. Always willing to help, and give her time to others, Chef Angie, donates to local inner city schools, and children’s charities. She’s been a judge for the Iron Chef competition at the “Taste of Greater Gainesville” for the past four years. A grand culinary event taking place in central Florida, benefiting Ronald McDonald house, PACE center for girls, and a shelter for abused women/children to get support they need.
Chef Angie lives in New Jersey where she owns and operates a mobile cooking school called Creative Cooks. Voted “Best Kid-Friendly” business by Bergen’s (201) magazine 2019, Angie is great at making connections with her students. Her clients consist of students as young as three years old. What started out as a loving passion thirteen years ago with the first six students, has grown into a lucrative year round business with over three hundred students in classes each week. Most recently, she has added “cookbook author” to her credits! Chef Angie attributes never giving up and following your passion to her success, as well as the love and support of her three kids.
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