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Cooking Through the Glass Ceiling

There is no doubt that there is a gender imbalance in most industries, and unfortunately, the culinary arts are no different. While men continue to dominate the culinary scene, Chef Amanda Ivy has forged her own path as both a professional chef and restauranteur, making a way for women as she trailblazes through her career.

Since she was a child, Amanda has known that she wanted to be a chef. Born in Mississippi and raised in California, she is now the owner and executive chef of Low Ivy Catering and Food Truck in Little Rock.

At the beginning of her culinary journey, Amanda’s passion led her to La Brea Bakery in Southern California. Since then, she has gone on to work at some of central Arkansas’ most recognizable establishments, such as The Southern Gourmasian, Heights Taco & Tamale Co., Skye’s Little Bistro, The Fold, Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom and Sauce(d). Amanda has even been featured on the Food Network, where she was able to display her talents on a national platform, the opportunity of a lifetime for any chef.

A graduate of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute at UA – Pulaski Technical College, Amanda believes that continued learning is a critical component in the culinary sphere and notes that she is always looking for new opportunities to pass on what she has been taught. See Chef Amanda Ivy compete in the 2019 Diamond Chef Arkansas competition presented by the UA – Pulaski Tech Foundation on April 11. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at uaptc.edu/diamondchef or by calling (501) 812-2771. Proceeds support the mission of UA – Pulaski Technical College by helping the college provide access to high-quality education that promotes student learning and enables individuals to develop to their fullest potential.

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