Chef Grayson Schmitz

Grayson’s passion for food, people, and the simple joy in life is apparent in everything that she does.  Her drive to please people through cooking, along with the humor and contagious laughter she brings to every situation, shine through her food.  Grayson hails from the small town of New Holstein, Wisconsin, where she developed a strong foundation from family and mid-western values.

Grayson began working in professional kitchens at age 15.  After high school, she migrated to the East coast to pursue schooling in culinary arts.  Upon graduation from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), she spent her formative years training under the best chefs in New York City, including Jean Georges Vongerichten, Fabbio Trabocchi, and Kurt Gutenbrunner.  She is a contestant on Top Chef: Texas (Season 9) and currently heads up recipe development for the most celebrated events catering company in the city, Olivier Cheng.