Chef Kelly Scott is a professional chef, culinary instructor, and nutrition focused creator behind Kelly’s Clean Kitchen. She was professionally trained at the country’s best culinary school, The Culinary Institute of America and has worked in multiple restaurants before starting her company in 2020. It is Kelly’s mission to educate others on how to cook and also help them find a passion through food!
The journey of getting to cooking was a roller coaster for Kelly. In her sophomore year as a D1 college volleyball player, she suffered a traumatic brain injury that disqualified her from college athletics. Her passion was in volleyball, so when that was ripped away she fell into a depression and a lesser known eating disorder, orthorexia.
Because she didn’t trust anyone else to cook her food, she began cooking for herself. Through the process of cooking, she gained a new passion and started loving food again. Cooking was a huge part of pulling her out of her eating disorder and getting her on the road to recovery. With this new passion, she decided to attend The Culinary Institute of America after her undergrad.
At the CIA she was one of 4 women in her graduating class, was nominated class leader throughout her two years there, and graduated with honors and the top of her class in 2019. She was also able to work for multiple restaurants during her time at The CIA and shortly after that helped her grow her skills and expertise in the kitchen.
At the start of the pandemic in 2020, she decided to leave the restaurant industry to create her own business, Kelly’s Clean Kitchen, with the hope of working more closely with people to inspire them to cook better through lessons, or eat healthier through her meal services.
Since the start of her business she has become a sought after private chef in Orange County, California, has created her own culinary curriculum for students she works one on one with, and creates educational cooking videos on her channels to help inspire others to cook in the kitchen!
Her first cookbook, The Basics of Cooking, was published in November of 2022 and teaches the essential fundamentals of cooking that everyone should know through in-depth methodology, recipes, and video tutorials about everything you learn in the book!
Her mission is to help others find a passion and love in cooking and eating well through her educational videos and books and partnerships.