Born on St. Lucia, West Indies, Evelyn Paul spent her youth in the exotic islands of the Caribbean before relocating to the United States to forge a career in the food industry. Now a successful private chef in Atlanta by way of New York, Evelyn offers her clientele a seamless integration of the striking island flavors of her culture with a generous dose of classic techniques into her creative and healthy dishes.
Evelyn’s passion for food came early in life while watching her mother cook beautiful, healthful vegetarian foods for her family. Her love for food blossomed while working at some of New York City’s most cutting-edge restaurants, including Match, Indochine and Thom. It was in New York that she met Marcus Samuelsson, executive chef of the famed Aquavit restaurant, who encouraged her to formally pursue her passion for food by attending culinary arts school.
In 1998, Evelyn enrolled in the Peter Kump Culinary Arts School, now the Institute of Culinary Education, in New York City. After leaving Peter Kump, she went on to launch her career as a chef by taking on the post of full-time private chef to a prominent family in the United States Virgin Islands. As a private chef, Evelyn found that she could enjoy the freedom to explore and create healthful, flavorful, and beautiful cuisine without the budget constraints of a typical restaurant. With a slant towards what she calls “healthy global fusion,” many of Paul’s inspirations are drawn from her Caribbean roots. She enjoys using St. Lucian favorites such as ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, and the lush tropical produce and fish prevalent in the island’s colorful fishing villages. Her style is the perfect culmination of her Caribbean background intertwined with a passion for Asian ingredients and the classic French sensibilities that she learned in culinary school.
An avid traveler, Evelyn continues to explore native culinary customs and loves incorporating the cultural traditions she experiences into her cooking. Carving a niche for herself as the premier private chef to Atlanta’s discerning dining families, she takes great pleasure in recreating not only a five-star dining experience in the homes of her prominent clients, but the inviting environment of a mother’s intimate kitchen as well.