Friends Drift Inn Farm – Real Life and Chefs
Dec. 2, 2019 Revision Notes – Chef Ouita and I are crazy. We hit it off the first time we met when this article was originally published. Over the years we both have changed our businesses strategies, gained a few more grey hairs and still continue to giggle. We most recently hung out at Ashbourne Farm during a Lee Initiative Fundraiser and later at the Southeast Grain Gathering.
Archived Post November 2011
We caught up to Chef Ouita at a recent holiday entertaining demonstration at Woodford Reserve Bourbon Distillery.
The Pointy Toed Shoe Sisters Find a Soul Sister
Chef Ouita Gets It!
When You are Hot…You are Hot! Giggles
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the kitchen is too hot or if hot flashes cranked up the internal thermostat. There comes a time when bifocals are just part of life; when you quit caring so much what OTHER people think and speak with confidence and wisdom of your own convictions. It’s part of the Pointy Toed Shoe Sisters credo.
Chef Ouita Michel; yes I think she will do. I shall propose her for membership into our secret society.
The chef sips bourbon; preferably Woodford Reserve. She is passionate about Kentucky and preserving our food heritage, our arts, and our culture. She is a successful business woman, with interests in Holly Hill Inn, Wallace Station and Windy Corners Market.
Sometimes she burns the syrup for her cooking demonstrations. She is constantly in motion.
Sometimes she giggles…well actually she giggles a lot. I don’t know anyone who giggles more, except maybe me. Giggles
In general a chefs’ life is a tough gig. Many chefs find “Encore Careers” in their mid-forties, forgoing the long hours of standing over a hot stove, the headaches of kitchen staffing, and the pressures of managing a restaurant. Not Ouita.
Chef Ouita radiates a joy of life and a passion for her craft. She shares:
“I find it unusual that women our age are still professionally cooking. Perhaps I am the expection. I have adjusted my expectations. I have high expectations for myself but I am not going to be a Food Network Star. I do not want to be Paula Deen…but I AM going to hang in there. Maybe I’ll get a Life Time Achievement award” she laughs.
“When I am 75, if I last that long, Holly Hill Inn will be enshrined. I’ll be sitting on the front porch in a house dress drinking Gin and Tonics and breaking beans. People will come to me for cooking advice, and I’ll just smile and say Honey what do want to know? ”
Here’s to you Ouita! Cannot wait to visit your garden in the spring. Better find some pointy toed shoes! Giggles