Meet Chef Stephanie
The executive chef of award-winning Café Phipps shares her background and the healthy food philosophy she brings to every plate.
Hello, my name is Chef Stephanie Gelberd.
Since childhood, I have travelled to many parts of the world and experienced the cuisine of numerous cultures. These opportunities have not only fueled my passion for cooking and creating unique flavors but they have also shaped my own culinary style, which I consider to be healthy, upscale comfort food.
Before coming to Phipps, I earned my degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. From there, I went on to do an internship at the Harvard Club in Boston; own my catering service; and work at the Dallas Museum of Art, where I cooked for many VIPs, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Neiman Marcus, First Lady Laura Bush, Ross Perot and Jerry Jones. I was even once flown to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to serve as chef for a Quayle family wedding.
If I were to sum up my belief about diet it would be this: We live in a world that has two types of foods—whole ones and everything else. While the “everything else” is what makes people sick and burdens them with preventable disease, the clean, fresh and sustainably produced ingredients we consume actually contribute to good health, and are more exciting to eat with all of the senses, too. So, for me, working at Café Phipps, where we offer food that’s good for people and the planet, has been incredible.
From going out into the Edible Garden to harvest produce and offering cooking demos for our members to helping guests and staff make healthy food choices and create their own delicious dishes, I find great reward in my job. I believe in being as sustainable as possible, and every day I learn more about what that means and how the choices I make as a chef impact others. I wish nothing more than to take food education to a higher level, and it is my great pleasure to be able to cook for you along the way.
Photos by Paul g. Wiegman and Adam Milliron.
Other Featured Exhibits & Events
- Three More Nights of Winter Lights
- Jan. 30, 2015; 5 – 11 p.m.
Feb. 6 and 13, 2015; 5 – 10 p.m.
- Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
- Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
- Tropical Sundays
- Sundays, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2015
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- Next Meeting Feb. 5, 2015
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
- Tropical Forest Congo
- Opens Feb. 7, 2015
- Tropical Forest Congo Opening Festival
- Feb. 7, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party Feb. 13, 2015
7 – 11 p.m.
- Hothouse Happy Hours
- Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
- Seed, Perennial and Seedling Swap: 2015 Garden Season Opener
- Feb. 28, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
- Garden Railroad
- Closes March 1, 2015