So, what's cookin' at Hannah's Kitchen? (pun intended)
Hannah's Kitchen Milwaukee continues to grow. Founder and Executive Chef, Hannah Sattler realized that she needed to grow her team as well. She's definitely found an all-star (they found each other).
Join us in welcoming the new Head Chef at Hannah's Kitchen!
Nekida Clifton is a mother of three and grandmother to one, with two culinary degrees-she is a rock star!
Contagious smile? check.
Knife Skills? Check.
Total Package? Double-check! We know her, now it's your turn...
What do you enjoy most about working at Hannah's Kitchen MKE?
The creativity aspect of the job- you can be yourself. Everything we do is unique and different. When we are preparing meals Hannah gives me the format and I'll get to decide how we should do it. Every event we cater, I get the opportunity to add my experience, skills and specialties- there is mutual trust, transparency, and pride with what we do.
Where did you grow up?
Well...I represent the Midwest and the East Coast. I grew up living in both Milwaukee WI and Far Rockaway, New York. I attended Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf MD and received my culinary degrees fro MATC.
(humble laughter) ...It generally takes 3-years to graduate from MATC's Culinary program. I worked extremely hard in school, so that I would graduate in two! I am very proud to have both Culinary Arts & Culinary Management Degrees.
Do you have plans to eventually start your own business?
Yes...of course! haha. I would love to have a small diner style restaurant- 3 booths and a counter, something that is open every day. My menu would consist of comfort food with daily specials---I cant tell you too much more...You'll just have to wait and see.....
What foods would you not be caught dead eating?
Squid. I cant mess with..... I could never put it in my mouth....Many people have tried to get me to try it...Never going to happen!
Do you have a favorite celebrity Chef?
Bobby Flay- he's dreamy....just kidding. I really love watching how he cooks and prepares his food. I love his rustic style and the way he can take anything and make it a master piece....I have a lot of his books. I think I can go on his show and beat him (laughter)
What do you feel is the most important 'ingredient' needed to prepare great food?
Cooking from the heart-its all about putting your love into it. Anyone can go into a kitchen and read a recipe and make good food. If you want to make great food, you always need the special ingredient- I cook with feeling and passion- my whole heart.
After spending some time with Nekida, it is quite obvious that she is passionate- not only about cooking great food and sharing her gift with others- she is passionate about life. She's driven, hungry and talented- my suggestion to you, is that you keep your eye on her. Nekida is doing great things, at Hannah's Kitchen Milwaukee and I for one, will be the first in line if she opens her own restaurant.
Note from Author: My family had just moved to a great neighborhood in Glendale, WI when our doorbell rang. As I opened the door, I was greeted with one of the biggest smiles I have ever seen, ‘Hi! Welcome to the neighborhood, my name is Hannah..I made this for you. Please enjoy’ In the outstretched arms of this smiling person, was a beautifully golden crusted loaf of challah bread….still steaming and warm, fresh from the oven. Yes- it tasted just as good as it sounds..
My family has been a fan of Hannah and her catering business Hannah’s Kitchen since. So now folks, it’s your turn…...Meet Hannah!
Who is Hannah Sattler?
I am a mom to three little girls, I have a large network of friends and love going out and having fun with my friends when I have time off from being a mom. I enjoy being active and hope to get back to my running, bikram yoga and other physically challenging sports.
What Makes you laugh?
My daughter Miriam makes me laugh. She is always so full of energy and smiles!
When did you start cooking?
When did you know that you wanted to be a chef? I started cooking when I graduated college and wanted to cook for myself at home, to be more aware of what I was putting in my body. I started cooking in a commercial kitchen 7 years ago at my synagogue as a volunteer, and I enjoyed getting to be a part of being a part of people's events.
Do you children like your cooking?
My children like my cooking (at least I don't hear complaints) and have been a bit spoiled over the years. My oldest is a more adventurous eater, and loves when I prepare Thai food. My middle daughter loves my pizza, and my youngest...well, it depends on the day since she is a toddler, but her current favorite is Mexican quinoa.
What is the most important thing to do when cooking for others?
When cooking for others you want to take into account their tastes and likes, and gear the menu towards their preferences.
How has your faith played a role in the dishes you prepare?
I have a love of Traditional Jewish food that we do not often see people making. It's important that we learn from the older generations so we don't lose some of those traditions.
What's your favorite candy?
I love almost any candy, but Crunch-a-Bunch and Milky Ways are my favorites.
What food do you totally dislike? I will try any food, I think you can learn to have a taste for any food by trying things, But I will say Quesadillas are not something I will eat, though I make them. It just not my thing.