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Dawn W

Dawn W
As the chef/owner of A NEW DAWN personal chef service since 2006, Dawn has provided catering, personal chef services, and cooking instruction to many clients in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to rave reviews. Formerly a research scientist with a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Molecular Genetics, Dawn’s passion for cooking and entertaining led her away from the lab and into the kitchen. She developed her culinary style with stints at Bin 36, Cafe Las Bellas Artes, several catering companies throughout Chicagoland, as the Culinary Director for Whole Foods Market-Northbrook teaching cooking classes and running the private event program, and as the fresh pasta-maker at Balena. In 2011, Dawn moved to the small Tuscan town of Colle Val d'Elsa where she worked at the rustic Slowfood restaurant, Officina della Cucina Popolare, learning the secrets of handmade pasta and Tuscan cuisine. Following her stage at Officina, she traveled and tasted her way around Italy. Earlier this year, her love of all things Italian drove her to launch Vicini Pastaria, a line of artisanal handmade pasta, sauces, and other Italian specialties. Dawn is excited about her newest adventure as a Chef Instructor for The Chopping Block. In addition to Italian cuisine, her broad expertise includes Mediterranean, Latin American, and Asian cuisine, and gluten-free, heart healthy, and vegetarian lifestyles.

Recent Posts

Simply Delicious: Maiale al Latte (Milk-Braised Pork)

  The classic Italian dish of Maiale al latte (milk-braised pork) is one of my favorite examples of the rustic simplicity of Italian cuisine. The origins of Maiale al latte are hotly debated with ...

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Miracle Cure For Bland Food

A few months back, I had purchased some fresh black truffles for a dinner party I catered, and I had a small piece of truffle leftover.  I, of course, was not going to let that truffle go to waste ...

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Soup, The Ultimate Comfort Food

This time of year when it’s starting to get chilly, my favorite comfort food is a nice warm bowl of soup. As the temperatures started to drop this past weekend, and I was eyeing the beautiful ...

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Knife, A Neighborhood Steakhouse

I dine out quite often, but I rarely go to steakhouses. You might assume that’s because I’m a vegetarian or just not a fan of red meat but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I am a hardcore ...

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For the Love of Pasta

  Flour + Water + Eggs + Salt + a pinch of magic = True love!  I absolutely love making pasta from scratch.  How can something so simple be so delicious?!  I find it remarkable that you can make one ...

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