Cidney’s story begins in Omaha, Nebraska in 1989 where she grew up in a blended military family with her active duty father serving in the United States Air Force, her mother and older sister and brother. Naturally, she was exposed to much of the world at a very young age, sparking her interest in travel. The Netherlands, Italy and Germany were just a few of her stomping grounds before her family made a permanent home in San Antonio, Texas.
Cid’s culinary background began with a desire that was realized at age 12 as she quietly competed with her older sister at family holiday dinners. The desire quickly turned into a passionate endeavor by the time she landed her first job working at WHATABURGER. It was there, she started to out shine and out work her peers in the culinary field. This wasn’t just another after-school job, not to Cid, this was just the beginning of something far bigger than she could’ve ever imagined.
Fast forward to age 20 where she took her passion to the next level and graduated with her associate’s degree at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Three short years after receiving her degree and testing the waters as the chef she always knew she’d become. She began working at a fine dining retirement community called Cypress Hill where she worked her way up from an internship to lead line cook. After learning as much as she could from her education from JWU and the gig at Cypress Hill. Chef Cidney set out to challenge herself and moved back to Texas to an unfamiliar city, Beaumont, not only to test her culinary skills but her independence.
As she embraced the challenge of moving to a new city she knew nothing about–it was there she surprisingly became a sushi chef without any formal training in the field. “I’m so grateful, it was the most rewarding time to be a chef, especially in a cuisine that is traditionally kept within the culture and/or a male gender.” Koi Sushi Bar is where her creativity took flight and soared. After a year realizing her strengths when she’s faced with a challenge, Chef Cidney received an urgent call from a college roommate who needed help with her catering company, as she was servicing some high profiles in the Atlanta, Georgia area. So of course she obliged and made the trek across country once again.
It was in Atlanta where she began to flourish once again after landing the position as the lead line cook at Vino Venue in Dunwoody, Georgia, a growing wine emporium. Within a year and a half she climbed the ladder of success and landed an executive chef position. There she led cooking classes, wine pairing dinners, experience in the hiring and firing process as well as cost control. This was by far the most hands on she had in the industry. As she settled into her role as an executive chef for Vino’s, Chef Cidney had an amazing opportunity to be a participant on Food Network’s, Guy’s Grocery Games–where she competed for a chance to win money and more importantly, recognition and bragging rights. Unfortunately, she placed 3rd but walked away with her head high and appreciative for the experience some only dream of.
As word spread after her appearance on the Food Network, Chef Cidney started gaining attention from high profiles such as the Rickey Smiley Morning Show and Atlanta Personal Chef Services where she was able to showcase sushi making skills cooking for the Housewives of Atlanta while filming on a yacht–as well as professional athlete, Amir Abdullah, of the Detroit Lions. Also while working for APCS, she provided personal chef services for families and couples on a daily and nightly basis.
Being a transplant in Atlanta, she wanted to dive into the community in which she was now calling home. Getting back to her love of sports she joined a flag football team with other locals and quickly formed lifelong friendships. Unfortunately, after suffering a torn achilles tendon, Cidney could no longer work or provide for herself alone. She was forced to make some very grown-up decisions regarding her health and ultimately livelihood. She ended up having to break her lease, pack her car with whatever was able to fit and went back home on one leg, to San Antonio. This setback turned out to be the greatest thing that ever happened to her thus far.
After a long stint in recovery and getting back on her feet, the few jobs she was able to land, she found herself once again having to start from the bottom just to stay afloat. This was yet another challenge she knew she would be able to overcome, and she soon did just that. Unbeknownst to her, she would land a job working for the chef of San Antonio, Jason Dady, at Paramour Bar. They served “fancy bar bites” is how she describes it.
While she was working for Paramore and another Dady restaurant, she met one of the Spurs’ chefs. They would casually strike up conversation as he would later pass along her information to others in the culinary world they shared. After a few months of back-and-forth, she became the private chef for one of the Spurs players. Now she finds herself traveling to places like Hawaii and Australia with her clients to provide nutrition for their growth.
This is where her story begins as a full-time private traveling chef, with desires to one day reach Oprah Winfrey and beyond! In addition, she has an active spice line, RubOn! Spice Blends, conducts cooking classes, date nights, private parties, and small caterings.