Cidney Wilcox, 25, was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She grew up as a military brat with her dad in active duty with the U.S. Air Force. 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.
At 12, she began to realize her love for cooking, which simmered just beneath her passion for sports. It was in high school that she had to make a fateful decision – stay where she was and continue to excel at sports while surrounded by her friends, or take a risk with a new school that offered culinary classes and explore her burgeoning passion for creative cooking. Young Cidney took a leap of faith and joined the FCCLA to feed her competitive side and participate in regional and state cooking contests.
Upon graduation, she took up attendance at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she received her associate degree in culinary arts in 2009. She completed her internship at The Cypress Club of Charlotte, a high-end retirement community where, in less than 11 months, she worked her way up to Lead Line Cook.
She soon moved back to Texas where she continued to develop new skills. She worked in a sushi restaurant, and her creativity and natural skill soon prompted the patrons to rename her “The Black Dragon.” Once another skills were mastered, Cidney then packed up her samurai sword, filled her car to the brim and set her sights on Atlanta to see what this “city in the trees” had to offer. It was there that she stumbled upon Vino Venue in Dunwoody, Ga. As she made her way up the ladder within a year and a half she was head chef.
While working at Vino venue, Cidney, got an amazing opportunity to compete on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, on an episode named Throwdown in Flavortown!
Chef Cidney creates wonderful things from the kitchen as well as overseeing a multitude of ever-changing events. She brings a creative light to the food & wine community through her global style cuisine with a hint of southern hospitality and Spanish flare.
And her fascinating gastronomic story is only just beginning.