Margaret Hale, also known as “The Chef Next Door”, is a classically trained chef originally from Birmingham, Alabama. Being a true Southern girl, she discovered her love of cooking at a very young age and learned to cook at her mother’s apron strings. Margaret graduated from the University of Alabama in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management.
While earning her degree, Margaret spent her summers and Christmas vacations training under one of the top chefs and restaurateurs in Birmingham, as well as working as a chef at one of Tuscaloosa’s best fine dining cafés. She developed a very strong background in fine-dining cuisine and catered functions, while truly deepening her love for fresh, local, delicious, and beautiful food.
Margaret continued her education and graduated at the top of her class from Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in 2009 with an Advanced Culinary Arts degree. Margaret then relocated to Huntsville and accepted a position as the Catering Director for Huntsville Hospital. This is where she quickly discovered her desire to combine all of her knowledge, skills, experience, and creativity to start her own restaurant and catering business. Very simply put, Margaret has loved to cook and entertain her entire life and anyone who knows her would testify to her passion and devotion to her craft.