Meet Tijen Demirel, a native from New Jersey who is a prime example of a woman who decided to pursue her passion and completely change her career direction. After working for many years as a project manager in an environmental lab she headed to the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City for the Culinary Arts Program. It was there where Tijen went from an amateur cook, preparing meals for friends and family, to a professional chef. Completing her internship at Michelin rated A Voce Madison Ave under Executive Chef Missy Robbins.
Tijen has worked with a diverse group of people for all different clientele. She has a wide range of experience and knows the ins and outs of the entire kitchen. She started as garde manager at Trap Rock Brewery which is part of Harvest Restaurant Group and was promoted through various stations. From there she was made Junior sous chef, before leaving to be a sous chef at Central Park. She then moved onto the newly opened Ricaltons Village Tavern, where she added pastry chef to her resume, all while launching their monthly craft burger special, which was nominated for New Jersey’s Best Specialty Burger 2015 and was named Bad Ass Female in the kitchen by Chef Life Magazine in 2015. She’s also worked for Chef Leia Gaccione one of Bobby Flay’s former Executive Chefs who is now owner of South Pine in Morristown. Currently she is the Head Chef at Clean Eats Meal Prep creating and maintaining their ever-changing menu for their healthy home delivered meals.
Cooking is her passion. “Putting smiles on faces one bite at a time” is her motto.