Stacy Pearl is a self-taught chef from Brooklyn, New York who has over 40 years’ experience. It all started in her home kitchen cooking with her father recreating fantastic meals they enjoyed together from all over the world. Family meals held great importance in her childhood and they made each one a unique experience incorporating dishes from her Hungarian heritage, local foods they discovered at the farmer’s markets, and lots of experimentation. At the age of 10, she along with her father, was catering sit down dinners for 40 in their home. Cooking was a family affair!
Stacy always knew she would do something creative and figured it would be painting. She enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design. While studying painting and printmaking Stacy realized that making a living as an artist would be a challenge she had never realistically planned for. This led her to quit art school and return to New York to apprentice at some of the city’s most interesting catering kitchens and restaurants. Catering became her specialty due to the opportunity to create custom menus, do buffet design which included award winning chocolate sculpture, and custom props which create a unique tablescape. Stacy created the research and development department at Danny Meyer’s Union Square events. While the executive sous chef at Neuman’s kitchen she did a Stagiaire at Ottolenghi in London. For 12 years she headed Santa Fe’s largest catering company Walter Burke Catering. She has also given lots back to the community by mentoring students in her kitchens wherever she is working.
While in Santa Fe Stacy had a weekly food-based radio show called “Mouth of Wonder” on KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio. For 7 years, she filled her corner of the public radio airwaves with cooking advice, restaurant reviews, interviews with local foodies, and over a thousand delicious recipes. There is a corresponding website www.mouthof wonder where these recipes can be accessed. Stacy was a semifinalist in The Food Network’s second “Who wants to be a food network star” competition.
She has been a private chef to many interesting people. Some of her private clients included Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone Magazine, Michael J. Fox, Carly Simon, and many high-profile Hampton households. She has cooked for Mick Jagger, Francis Ford Coppola, Vera Wang, Gregory Hines, Lorne Michaels, Hunter S. Thompson, to name a few.
Stacy has lived and worked in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, London, Rome, and Santa Fe. In 1994, she opened her own restaurant in Williamsburg Brooklyn under the bridge called Stacy’s to critical acclaim. It was one of the first restaurants in Williamsburg to be reviewed by Zagats, NY Times, and Time out. She was also featured on the Food network’s show American Diners.
Stacy has extensive experience cooking and baking with alternative ingredients to meet the client’s specific dietary needs. Paleo, Keto, Plant based, kosher, gluten free, grain free are all in her wheelhouse.
In addition to being a full-time private chef, Stacy is also a painter with representation in Saugatuck Michigan and the Hudson Valley. She sees no difference between making a painting and making a meal, both are creative, challenging and ultimately very satisfying.