Clara N. Park
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Clara N. Park

Chelten House is fully committed to being the leader in chef-driven, culinary-focused products from around the world. Chef Clara and her extensive background and training make her the perfect fit for this role. Her drive, work ethic and creative problem solving allows Chelten House to offer the right solution for each customer in a speedy and efficient manner.

Experience

Chelten House

Corporate Chef of Culinary Innovation (2018-present)

  • Created new products including sauces, salsas, vinaigrettes, marinades, soups, pie fillings, starter kits and hot sauces for top tier grocery stores private label manufacturing
  • Conducted culinary roadshows for clients to showcase new products and improvements on existing house formulas according to client specifications
  • Explored new ingredients, techniques, products and flavor profiles from around the world to increase culinary knowledge and gain a better understanding of existing and future food trends for market research

Careers in Culinary Arts Program (CCAP)

Culinary Instructor (2017 – 2018)

  • Created lesson plans and taught “Master Classes” for Philadelphia
    high school culinary instructors including various ethnic cuisines, baking, and classic French technique

Culinary Palette

Consultant (2013 – 2018)

  • Developed and tested recipes for multiple brands under the Campbell’s umbrella including Swanson, V8, Pepperidge Farm, Prego and Pace Salsa
  • Worked with R & D chefs to improve/develop working product prototypes

Various Clients, Philadelphia, PA

Private Chef (2011-2018)

  • Developed menus for farm to table, paleo, gluten-free, Asian and Mediterranean diets
  • Prepared meals both in house and off site for couples, families and large groups

Southgate Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Executive Chef (2015)

  • Created opening menu for Korean gastropub and helped with kitchen design and hiring
  • Managed back of house including training, inventory, ordering and food costing

La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

Chef Instructor (2014 – 2015)

  • Developed and wrote recipes for international culinary curriculum
  • Taught culinary basics including knife skills, butchery, and sauces

Le Moulin Bregeon, Linieres-Bouton, France

Executive Chef (2012)

  • Created and prepared menus using ingredients from the onsite garden and farm
  • Taught cooking classes for guests from around the world

Quest Loves Food

Executive Chef (2011- 2012)

  • Developed signature fried drumstick recipe
  • Spearheaded events (Feastival), responsible for all purchasing and vendor relations

Barbara Kafka, New York, New York

Recipe Developer, Tester and Writer (2009 – 2010)

  • Developed recipes for gluten- & dairy-free cookbook, The Intolerant Gourmet
  • Researched, wrote and edited recipes and prose for cookbook

Edible Queens Magazine, Flushing, Queens

Korean Translator (2009)

  • Provided Korean menu translation and Korean cultural expertise to Chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert for the inaugural issue of Edible Queens magazine

momofuku ko, New York, New York

Line Cook (2008)

  • Worked the garde manger and pastry station, responsible for daily amuse bouche

Osteria, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Line Cook (2007)

  • Worked the pasta and pantry stations, plated desserts, created daily antipasti

Redd, Yountville, California

Line Cook (2005 – 2007)

  • Worked the garde manger, hot appetizer, vegetable and pastry stations

Town Hall, San Francisco, California

Line Cook (2005)

  • Worked the pantry station and plated desserts

Education

  • Institute of Culinary Education New York, New York
    Career Culinary Arts Diploma (awarded highest honors)
  • Columbia University, New York, New York M. A. in Biology
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    B. A. in Psychology (general honors)

Honors and Accolades

  • Food Network’s Chopped Champion, Season 20 Ep. 4
  • 2012 Bon Appetit List of Best Things to Eat for questlove’s Ultimate Fried Drumstick
  • 2014 James Beard Award nominee with seefood media for Online Video, Fixed Location
  • 2016 Best Burger in Philly by Philadelphia magazine, Bul Gogi Burger at Southgate
  • 2018 Finalist for the Wright Chef Competition in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • 2018 Co-chair for the CCAP Benefit and member of the CCAP Chef Advisory Council
  • 2019 Judge for Dish It Up, Fundraiser for Women Against Abuse