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Emily's Story



What do you get when you mix down-home values with quirky up-town flair and a solid culinary education?

A deliciously unique cooking personality!


- Chef Emily Ellyn



Chef and culinary educator Emily Ellyn is the Home Economics teacher you’ve always wanted!  She's the mother of Retro Rad cooking and encourages everyone to dig through their mother's recipe box, dust off their pressure cookers, and take the old and make it new.  She takes the retro, remixes it, and makes it RAD.


With her quirky persona and trademark cat-eye glasses, you'll find this Retro Rad Diva cooking up fun and inspiring audiences at food events around the world; all while developing her culinary TV career and finishing her Ph.D. in Food Service Education.  Emily also donates her time helping non-profit organizations including Florida Hospital and Give Kids The World, writes for "edible" and "Cake Central" magazines, and lectures at the University of Central Florida. Through it all, she’s gained a loyal following. You’ve seen her on Food Network’s “Food Network Star,” “Cupcake Wars,” "Cutthroat Kitchen" and morning news shows across the country; as well as a cameo cartoon appearance on the “Simpsons!”


Emily grew up harvesting food and raising animals on a farm in rural Ohio.  Eager to dive into the culinary field, she worked in Cleveland's top restaurants and started her own catering company while still in high school.  Upon leaving Ohio, Emily graduated with a degree in Restaurant Management from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York.  There, she worked as a teaching assistant until moving to Paris to attend graduate school at Academie Internationale de Management.  Emily then went on to earn two master’s degrees in Hospitality Management; one in Paris and one from UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality and Management in Orlando.


Between appearances, Emily stays busy prepping her first cookbook.

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