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Shelley Young

The Chopping Block

After 17 years as a professional Chef, Shelley opened The Chopping Block cooking school in 1997.  Shelley's unique concept of recreational cooking shcool, gourmet kitchen store and private event business has provided Chicago with one of the busiest recreational cooking schools in the counrty.  Each month The Chopping Block offers between 250 and 300 cooking classes and private events.  Her mission to get this country to cook is well under way.

Top 50 Gourmet Retailers, Gourmet Retailer 2010
Best Cooking Store, Time Out 2010
Nominated Cooking School Teacher of the Year, IACP 2008
Gourmet Retailer Leadership Award, Gourmet Retailer 2006
Good Eating Award, Chicago Tribune 2006
International Entrepreneur of the Year, International Association of Culinary Professionals 2005
Lincoln Square New Business of the Year, Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce, 2004
Top 20 under 40 Gourmet Retailer 2004
Small Business of the Year, Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce 2003

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