Chef Kelly has been in the culinary industry since she was 15 years old. As a child, Chef Kelly fell in love with baking with her grandmother. Together they would bake cakes and pies and enter them into the local fairs. Chef Kelly enrolled in Culinary Arts classes through High School, where she found her passion for cooking, and decided to become a chef. In 2009 she attended Le Cordon Bleu of Pasadena, which began her career working throughout the restaurant industry in high end restaurants, hotels, and amusement parks.
Chef Kelly came to Oakmont in 2016 as a cook at Oakmont of Roseville. She joined Oakmont because she wanted to grow and hone her skills working for renowned Chef Rina Younan and apply her skills to cooking for seniors. Over the past 5 years, Chef Kelly made a name for herself by opening Oakmont of Fair Oaks as the Sous Chef, and then opening Oakmont of El Dorado Hills, where she helped develop the Signature Bar and Lounge program.
When asked why she enjoys culinary in Senior Living, Chef Kelly says, “Cooking for residents, being able to create and do what I love with a menu that is from scratch and constantly changing makes the job fun and fulfilling.”