Chef Kimberly’s unique style and innovative use of elements from all culinary disciplines: the attention to detail, fresh, quality ingredients, and sophistication of haute cuisine, with the relaxed richness, complexity and intense flavors of her Harlem roots with her love for children and the desire to see families gather around meals that not only nourish the body but the soul.
Chef Kimberly VanKline was born at the crossroads of haute cuisine and comfort food. Her grandmother, a product of the Harlem Renaissance and a well-traveled, classically-trained chef, saw talent in the young Van Kline, and taught her both Continental/French cuisine, as well as traditional Southern cooking from a very young age. By the time Chef VanKline launched her catering company, “Passion for the Palate”, in 2009 she had been cooking and perfecting recipes for more than 30 years. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Virginia State University's Hospitality Management Programs Advisory Board.
Through Cook Healthy Eat Fresh, Chef Kimberly looks forward to providing opportunities for children to study, prepare, and taste a wide variety of locally grown and naturally healthy foods.