Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York I grew up with a passion for food. Food was at the center of many happy memories of my childhood. I can recall countless occasions where a simple Entenmann's cake and a pot of coffee would bring us all together. Food and music, that's what I grew up on.
My grandfather, Peter, inspired me to become a Chef. Growing up as a Butchers' son and running the business with his father and brother he had a flare for food. Watching him prepare for all the holidays is a memory I hold close to my heart. Taking note of the care and effort he put into the simplest of dishes. "Presentation, it's all about presentation my baby" he would say.
I graduated the French Culinary Institute in 2008 and have devoted my life to the restaurant and hospitality industry. Working as a Chef for many years then transitioning to Front of House, all to have a full understanding of the experience food has on us all.
In late 2017 I moved out to Hunterdon County with my husband. Transitioning from city life to country living inspired me to start my own small business. In 2018 my husband and I opened Amici Pizzeria & Restaurant where we watched our passion unfold. We created so many beautiful memories & relationships. Unfortunately our time was shortened but our customers rallied around and pushed us forward. With the support and love of my friends and family I am so excited to bring "Catered by Christen" to Hunterdon & Warren County. Serving food made with love from my kitchen to yours!