Wendy J Brodie, HAAC, Executive Chef
Committee Chair, ACF Monterey Bay
Celebrated California Artist/Chef Wendy Brodie is known for her creative style with food, presentation and table decor. In fact, she is often described as an artist whose medium is food.
With her husband, Bob Bussinger, CHA, Brodie was co-owner of Lincoln Court Restaurant in Carmel, which had become a very popular local restaurant, which generated outstanding, reviews (see press page on www.wendybrodie.com).
She has her own local weekly television show, “Art of Food,” broadcast daily on Comcast cable and is also viewed weekly on Public Television stations nationwide in the United States and Canada.
A graduate of the first class of the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco, Brodie has held executive chef positions at prestigious world-class resorts, including the Preserve at Rancho San Carlos, where she developed her own innovative style of ranch cuisine, Stonepine Inn and Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch, all in Carmel Valley.
Brodie, who was born in San Francisco and grew up there and in Palo Alto, has written food columns, lectured and demonstrated cooking and tabletop designs at such venues as Filoli Center, Macys, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus.
She has been a guest chef, developing menus to represent California cuisine, at numerous four and five-star hotels in Europe and the Jockey Club in Hong Kong. Wendy has sailed with the Crystal Cruise Line as their Celebrity Guest Chef.
She has cooked for and with numerous celebrity chefs including Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Roy Yamaguchi, Paul Prudhomme and Martha Stewart. She has also been a guest chef at the Master’s of Food and Wine in Carmel and the Monterey Wine Festival. She is one of the featured chefs in the Masters of Food and Wine cookbook.
In 1991 Brodie was selected to attend Madeleine Kamman’s graduate program at the School for American Chefs at Beringer Wine Estates and has been inducted as an honorary member of the American Academy of Chefs of the American Culinary Federation. She was awarded the 1982 Chef-of-the-Year of the Monterey Peninsula. Currently she gives classes of her artful style with food, table décor and entertaining in her demonstration kitchen in the Carmel Highlands. She also teaches cooking classes as team-building and spousal programs.
Brodie is affiliated with The Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Les Toques Blanches, Knights of the Vine, American Institute of Wine & Food, International Wine and Food Society, American Culinary Federation and has been an officer and board member of several of them.
She also operates Art of Food Catering, which handles all styles of groups and events. Wendy appears as guest chef throughout the U. S. and other countries. She consults for home kitchen design, for businesses menu development and is personal kitchen shopper. Wendy was recently (November 2011) inducted along with two other chefs (the first females chefs so honored) into the Disciples of d’Auguste Escoffier, an international prestigious organization.
Wendy’s father is Howard Brodie, a Who’s Who artist journalist who covered World War II, Korea and Vietnam in the battlefield with pencil and paper. He also covered the most sensational trials of the 20th Century with CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He was recently elected to the Illustrators Hall of Fame, along with Norman Rockwell, Winslow Homer, Gibson Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and others. Brodie covered WW II for Yank Magazine, Korean War for Collier’s and Vietnam for CBS. He taught for several decades and was on the board of directors at the California Academy of Art in San Francisco.