Chef Georgeann Leaming graduated from Academy of Culinary Arts in 1999. She is undoubtedly considered a “late bloomer” by traditional culinary standards. It wasn’t until the age of 23, while working as a preschool teacher and pregnant with her daughter Kirsten that she decided to take a risk by enrolling at the Academy of Culinary Arts to pursue her childhood fascination of cooking and food.
Most recently, she was the chef de cuisine of R2L Restaurant in Philly (since closed due to Covid). Prior to that, she had a very successful run as the executive chef of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and then as the opening executive chef of Gordon Ramsay Steak.
Chef Georgeann is the champion of the episode Per Peri Determined on Food Network’s Chopped series and also was a competitor on the new series, Man Vs Master, episode 1, now streaming on Hulu. With a diverse background that spans over twenty years, her vast experience includes co-owning two popular Philadelphia eateries with a Best of Philly Award to upscale Italian cuisine as well as food photography.
Georgeann draws inspiration from each of the variety of kitchens she has been in and continues learning, growing and finding new food experiences as well as sharing her knowledge and love of the culinary field through adjunct teaching at her culinary alma mater.