Soulful Sunday is a weekly dose of inspiration from busy Chicago women who still manage to stay balanced no matter what their career—or life—throws their way.
Soul Sister: Ellen King, Owner/Head Baker of Hewn Bakery in Evanston.
If we had to pick one word to describe King it would be accomplished. The Chicago native is a classically trained chef who has cooked in various kitchens in Seattle, including under Thierry Rautureau (James Beard Award winner for Best Chef in the Pacific Northwest). She first learned to make bread (her passion) in a wood-fired oven at Quillisascut Farm School in Rice, Washington.
King attended the Seattle Culinary Academy where she was awarded the Les Dames d’Escoffier 2003 scholarship. Always on the go, King is currently a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Chefs Collaborative, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, and the Bread Bakers Guild of America. Additionally, she is a chef instructor for the “Food as Medicine” culinary classes held in Evanston with Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark.
How she unwinds: "Outside of work I try to spend as much time outside as possible. On a larger scale, I plan remote backpacking trips; I've done a bunch of really remote backpacking in the Grand Canyon. On a weekly basis, I go for runs along the lake (in the summer, I like to open water swim in the lake.) and bike rides with my son. I also read a lot of fiction books; I try to read one to two books a week."
Balance tip: "On a daily basis, I incorporate micro deep breathing. When I feel myself overwhelmed, I literally take three to four long deep inhales through the nose and exhale out through the mouth. It sounds totally cheesy, but that seems to work when I get overwhelmed and can't leave work."
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