Maintaining a healthy diet is difficult, especially during the holiday season. That’s why Chef Jaime Carmody, one of only 12 Personal Certified Executive Chefs in the country (as designated by the American Culinary Federation), can help you stick to a routine through her customized meal plans that are tailored to each client’s tastes and dietary needs.
Specializing in preparing in-home meals, private catering, dinner parties and cooking classes, Carmody helps simplify the lives of busy people by providing them with a great meal. “I love helping people find the time to sit at the table with their family and have a meal,” says Carmody. “I also really enjoy teaching cooking classes and ‘tricks of the trade’ to enthusiastic home cooks.”
Carmody’s passion for food dates back to when she was merely 14 years old – finding herself an employee of the food and beverage industry before she could even drive. After studying at the Scottsdale, Az.-based Scottsdale Culinary Institute, she then went on to spend time with Arizona chefs and later entered into the hotel industry.
As the executive chef at the Hilton Garden Inn in Carlsbad Beach, California, Carmody received her greatest breadth and depth of experience with management, banquets, catering, restaurants, room service and employees. Despite her accomplishments, her heart longed for her other aspiration – to be a mom.
“I was a trained chef and had been working in the culinary world for 15 years when I moved to Cincinnati and decided I wanted to be not only a chef, but also a mom, which meant I needed my own business,” says Carmody. “I knew that with my passion for food and desire to help people, I could make a difference for those who wanted to eat well, but didn’t have the time to cook for themselves or their families.”
Since launching Out Of Thyme in January 2005, Carmody has established her own successful roster of clients, with most of them being weekly, long-term customers. She is also frequently invited to teach at all of the area cooking schools, including Midwest Culinary Institute and The Learning Kitchen.
Right now, Carmody’s sights are set on working really hard on her next project – opening The Out Of Thyme Kitchen Studio. Opening in late 2015, The Out Of Thyme Kitchen Studio will be a full-service, commercial kitchen and event space located on Montgomery Rd. in Symmes Twp.
The Studio will offer Carmody’s Personal Chef Services, fresh take home meals, pop-up dinners, baked goods and cooking classes for both children and adults. The space will also be available for private parties, tastings and other culinary events.
As for cost, it varies. “It’s less than eating out and it’s real food – so it’s much better for you,” says Carmody. “I’m also very personalized. My menus and parties are entirely client-driven. I like the personal touch and I believe that people remember me because of that.”