Getting to Know Me

Greeting Earthlings!  My name is T. Stella Bernard and I am taking a long tradition called Letters of a Nomad into the modern age of blogging. You should get to know me a little before embarking on this trip.

Number one, I am passionate about everything I do!

I am a chef 13 years now and I live to cook. Nothing makes me happier than sharing my gift with others. With that in mind, I became a full time Culinary teacher two years ago with the Art Institutes.  One of the most rewarding and challenging things I do these days.  I have no biological children…but there are a few hundred young people out there that see me as their “responsible adult type leader”.

I spent time in Paris during my cooking years training in Michelin starred restaurants.  This ignited my serious travel bug. Since, I have made trips to Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Thailand! I have studied wine, herbology, horticulture and engineering so if you need a quiz partner in the sciences….give me a jingle. Hobbies include gardening, foraging, canning and cycling.

Professionally, I am currently getting my Master of Gastronomy degree at Boston University so I can have a broader impact on my students and on my own life options.  One of the things I aspire to do is write culinary curriculum for my school.

Some of the coolest things I have ever done:

  • Ate a sacred meal with the monks of a temple in Phuket, Thailand.  
  • Met Joel Robuchon. Lived in my van and traveled around the USA for 2 years.  
  • Drank wine with Doug Shaffer at his winery.  
  • Learned to shoot a bow.  
  • Designed and built my own building.  
  • Owned my own soap company.
  • Am learning how to keep bees!

Over the course of this blog you will not only learn about what I am doing, but also about what I have done and where I have been.  You may even get to meet some of my very interesting and talented friends.

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10 thoughts on “Getting to Know Me

  1. Stella, How cool at what you do for a living. I love to cook also. Although I do not do it professionally. I cook mostly with my father for the holidays. We do Christmas Eve in an Italian way. We only do the 7 fishes we like. I love FoodTV also. I can watch for hours. Nice work on your blog. Christine Cuddy

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    1. Hey Christine! If you like food network….you MIGHT be able to find an episode I was in on French Food at Home with Laura Caulder. I was one the side characters in a special called “The Chateau Dinner” that took place in France. And I will keep you updated…might be another FN appearance in my future.

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  2. Hi T. Stella.

    You have a diverse and creative background.

    I look forward to getting to know you as we all embark on a blogging journey.

    Actually, I’m excited to learn how blogging supports the mission of e-commerce.

    Regards,
    Gloria Colon-Buzatu

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  3. Hi Stella, very nice to meet you! Indeed, your travels sound like fun. Did you take in culinary training in each of the places you mention? I love Thai food, but the food in Germany left me wondering “do they eat anything but pork?” lol. The steak in Argentina is my favourite… add in that a high-end, 400 gram piece of bife de lomo, a bottle of malbec and sides of freshly baked bread and tomate partido (raw tomato drizzled in olive oil and herbs) will cost about $10 US, and you have this Canadian very happy.
    Toronto is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world and one can get foods from so many cultures as a result. It’s a blessing in this city. I love Ethiopian food here, the middle-eastern sandwiches, the Greek food, and so much more. When I moved to New Zealand, the first thing I realized was that I was in a land of boring, cheap meat pies and little more… it made me hunger for my home city! 😉
    What’s your favourite food to cook / eat?

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  4. Dear T Stella,
    I don’t know much about blogging never have but I’ve been reading “letters” for years.
    Although underneath your accomplishments, you forgot living with a most awesome Australian sugar glider.
    I hope the blog go spectacular look forward to more. And I miss cooking with you as well, with tea.
    Best of luck
    Dale

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  5. Hello Stella,

    After reading your introduction and photo essay of your work, I was blown away! I admire your passion and clearly, amazing cooking skills. I am looking very forward to working with you this class!

    Stephanie

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  6. Hello Stella!
    I’m hungry after looking at the beautiful pictures of your food. What a talent! Thank you for sharing.
    The title of your blog reminded me of a book I love, “Tales of a Female Nomad”. If you’ve not read it, I highly suggest it.
    Best,
    Meg

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  7. Hi Stella, great to meet and read about you!
    I have to tell you that I loved the idea of doing a list of the most interesting things you have done.
    and those 2 years in a Van, could a be a great movie!
    Hope to interact more in the next days

    Regards,
    Juan

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  8. Hey,

    I love the layout of your blog. Thanks for sharing the pictures. It must have been so much fun studying cooking. I look forward to working with you in this class.

    -Scott

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