With experience in the kitchens of Jean-Georges, Heston Blumenthal and Floyd Cardoz, ICE alum Jody Eddy has rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s top chefs. So it’s no surprise that her first book, Come In, We’re Closed: An Invitation to Staff Meals at the World’s Best Restaurants, secured Jody’s reputation as a respected storyteller among chefs. Since then, Jody’s career has taken off and she’s busier than ever. Read on for an inside look at the dynamic life of one of the industry’s most ambitious writers.
What have you been up to since graduating?
I worked as a cook at Floyd Cardoz's restaurant Tabla before assuming the position of Executive Editor at Art Culinaire for three years. From there, I published Come In, We're Closed. Then, last September, my first cookbook, North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland, was published by Ten Speed Press.
On the heels of North, I’m launching a line of artisanal food products from Iceland and am working on several other cookbook projects. I also freelance for such publications as The Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine, and I do occasional recipe development for major food corporations. In the summers, I sometimes lead culinary tours of Iceland and teach cooking classes at various culinary schools around the US, and I organize the Chef’s Garden Roots Conference (the next one will take place in September 2015). I've learned over the years that one of the most important things you can do as a freelancer is to keep yourself busy!