Meet CheffyK and CA
Kent and CherylAnn found each other in February of 2012 and instantly connected over their shared love of family, hospitality, music, travel, and food. Their home’s new “Dream Kitchen,” is for the purposes of entertaining. Here they share their passion for high-quality, local ingredients and extreme hospitality! They love the art and feel of cooking. Their hope is that anyone can become more comfortable and confident in the kitchen, so as to better improvise and cook from the heart.
Kent Getzin or CheffyK, a veteran of the culinary world since the 1980s. Classically trained as a chef with four years of formal culinary school training, he is graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York. CheffyK spent the first 20 years of his career running fine dining restaurants and private golf clubs. Then, as his family grew, he recognized that he was missing out on his kids growing up and made an interesting career shift.
For 17 years he directed the food service department for the Wenatchee School District. Here, he applied the same guiding culinary principles of quality, scratch food preparation utilizing whole foods, and focused his attention on helping kids fall in love with real food every day. During his lengthy tenure in school food service, he developed a model Farm to School and scratch cooking program that gained national attention. He recognized the farm to table movement’s potential to introduce kids to scratch-cooked, whole, fresh foods.
He has spoken around the country about the benefits of farm to school and the need for getting back to real food in the cafeteria environment. He currently teaches cafeteria food service teams in schools and hospitals how to improve food quality and to cook from scratch in their own operations.
At the end of October 2016, he resigned his directors position to open CheffyK and CA, LLC with his partner and wife, CherylAnn Crego.
CA, CherylAnn Crego, has been cooking for her family for many years and her son says she has quite a way with leftovers! She loves to cook over fire. CherylAnn doesn’t teach cooking techniques as she considers herself to be a student in the kitchen. Her role includes business development, admin, marketing, schlepping gear, and assisting CheffyK.
In addition to assisting CheffyK, CherylAnn teaches voice and piano lessons. You can learn more about her music school at cherylanncregomusic.com.
It is such a wonderful asset to our community that we have a professionally trained chef. In addition to all of Kent’s preparations being flavored to perfection, every dish is served with the addition of soulful humor. I love seeing someone practicing with true passion. CherylAnn brings grace, beauty, and assistance. All of this in addition to a sweetness that is irresistible. The chemistry that is Kent & CherylAnn is to spend an afternoon of fine cooking delivered with kindness, humor, and love that you simply will not find anywhere else.