SimplY Chef Renée

Personal Chef



Thanks for stopping in! Yes, it is true, I am actually a trained, certified and licensed chef but I promise that the dishes I create here are ones that any person can make and if it’s not…send me a comment (you know you will anyhow).  Lol.

So here’s the scoop on me.

I received my culinary training and education at Johnson & Wales University (Go Wildcats!) but before that I earned my  bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU, go Rattlers!).   My Daytona Beach, Florida folks are cracking up about now…BCU (Wildcat fans)!

I have always enjoyed food, especially good food. I grew up in a household of seven and can recall one of the dinner table rules, “You can’t leave the table until your plate is clean.”   Was that supposed to be punishment?   I loved it!  Still do.  I clean my plate every night.  Eat your veggies.  Old school, old rule!  I made that up, but it sounds good so I’m leaving it here.

I’m a very proud wife, mother, neighbor and friend.  

That means that YOU mean something to me.  How are you friend?  And that’s me in a nutshell.  I care about others and love sharing with others, that includes sharing my knowledge and expertise of food.   I want you to enjoy life and enjoy living your life just as much as I do.  Being in good health and knowing how to prepare tasty, colorful meals for you and your loved ones is special and I want to help you with that if you will allow me to.  There’s a great big world out there full of flavor, go taste it!  It’s a wonderful thing.   Go forward with your bad self!  Lol

I host a community television show entitled “Simply Fresh Food with Chef Renée,” (now “Simply Chef Renée”) which airs in parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts.  My hope on the show is to provide viewers with a fresh and easy approach when selecting, handling, preparing and cooking foods.  Not only that, but to select foods that enhance your life, not take away from it.   I want to bring cooking and eating with family and friends back around the dinner table.  When was the last time you invited friends over to your home for dinner, a potluck dinner (they’re the easiest way to entertain and make great conversation starters for those who might be new guests in your home).  When was the last time you were invited over to a friend’s home for dinner?   Everybody loves going out to restaurants, and don’t get me wrong, I love eating out too but the most special and memorable meals, in my opinion, are those shared with others around a cozy, dinner table in a house (without a server coming over every 3 minutes…no offense to servers of the world, I appreciate you and what you do and I tip very well so says my hubby who has dubbed me “The Tip Fairy”); but oh what wonderful memories are made at a table of happy and satisfied people.

When I’m not cooking or working on developing new recipes I might be reading, playing an audio book while in my garden or taking a long drive (or ride if my sweetheart is driving) to nowhere special.  If I’m supposed to be relaxing, I might hit a library or two or watch holiday movies (anytime of the year)!  Lol.  Now just for the record, I’m still fresh to blogging and I’ll probably may mess up here or there so forgive me as I remain a work in progress!   With that said, I’d love it if you sent me an email, or made a comment on a post, or just looked me up and sent me a snail mail letter!  

Either way, I’d love to hear from you and I hope you will stay tuned and check in often.  Until we speak again, thank you, I appreciate you and your time and enjoy this lovely and gifted day!

Thanks for checking in!
-Chef Renee

Meet The Team


Greg Burack


Greg is a licensed and trained chef who has been in the food industry for more than 15 years.  He has worked in some of the country’s top restaurants located in New England.  He received his training at Johnson & Wales University and quickly joined the ranks of professional chefs.  He’s created dishes from all over the world to be photographed as well as eaten by legends. As a chef for Farm Aid Connecticut he cooked for Willie Nelson, John Mellancamp, Dave Matthews and host of others. He is happily married to the love of his life and is the proud father of three.  


David Blanks, Sr.

Sous Chef

David is a local chef of Hartford who recently joined the Simply Chef Renée team.  He brings with him a true passion for the arts.  His professional culinary skills, impeccable kitchen decorum and genuine love of service for others makes him an honorable member of any team.  His greatest influence was his father who taught and instilled in him the same joy and love he demonstrated for others with his own culinary talents.  David has been cooking for more than 30 years.  He attended the Center for Culinary Arts and has worked for a number of restaurants including Republic Gastropub, Tinkers Seafood and as the Food Director for the Hartford Jazz Society.  

Patricia Bruhn


Patricia (Pattie) has been a part of the Simply Chef Renée team for the past few years working as Chef Renée’s Administrative Assistant.  She received her first degree in Graphic Design and later returned to college where she obtained a second degree in Marketing and Management. She spearheads the marketing, advertising and campaigning for SCR.  Pattie is very passionate about food and enjoys taste testing and sampling foods from all over New England.  She is a seasoned wine vendor but her all-time favorite is enjoying a cup of tea with a few pastries! 


"I'm happy about food; I'm not happy that some do not have any."

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