Cassie Kelsch attended Manila High School in Manila, Utah and while in high school she volunteered to cook meals for the homeless, firefighters, and the local police force. She also helped bake goodies for bake sales and fundraisers for her school as well. Cassie was enrolled in the Prostart program through the Utah Restaurant Association, where she gained her ServSafe certification and ignited a passion for the culinary arts. She was in the program for three years and during the last two years she was captain of the Manila High ProStart Culinary team. They went to state both years; won best appetizer as well as an award for her teamwork and organization the first year, and then won best dessert the second year.
Cassie gets her passion for cooking not only from ProStart but from her dad and grandma’s passion for food. Ever since she was little she would visit her grandma’s house and cook all kinds of treats but the most common was homemade chicken noodle soup and donuts. Cassie currently works at the University of Utah under the guidance of award winning Executive Chef Peter Hodgson. After gaining experience in the kitchen Cassie hopes of becoming an executive chef and owning her own restaurant.