Erin K. Courtney was in her early thirties before she ever baked a cake. That’s when a pastry class at her local community college opened the floodgates. Erin started baking and decorating cakes several times a week, sending the finished products to work with her husband or sister-in-law. After a few more classes, she started experimenting with different dessert items. Friends flocked to her for birthday confections, and the dessert table at family gatherings became quite elaborate.
Two years after Erin’s first cake-decorating class, she started a one-year culinary program at the University of South Carolina. Now able to cook impressive homemade meals, Erin still found herself searching for simplicity. She continued to obsessively experiment with different recipes, looking for ways to streamline challenging ones and incorporate ingredients that were easy to find at local grocery stores. She loves making recipes from scratch, but also loves shortcut recipes that are quick and easy to throw together. Her prior lack of cooking experience combined with the knowledge obtained from culinary school and working in professional kitchens has expanded her appreciation for many different types of recipes, which is why you’ll see a wide variety of recipes on this site.
After working as a pastry chef in the restaurant industry, Erin ventured out on her own and created Chef Erin’s Kitchen. She started out making prepared freezer meals for busy families, but transitioned back to her baking roots when cheesecake sales completely took off at Krafty Draft Brew Pub in Lexington, South Carolina, where she is referred to as the Cheesecake Queen. Her muffins are also on the menu at Krafty Koffee, home of the best brewed coffee in Lexington.
Erin is completely in love with all food experiments – especially desserts. She had the opportunity to work under some of the best chefs in the Columbia area (including the best pastry chef), and her experience working with them was invaluable to her development.
She has been the featured chef on HTC’s Inside Out TV show based in Myrtle Beach, along with a live interview on WPDE Carolina and Company Live, and has been featured in the Food and Beverage section of The Sun News. Erin hosts live demonstration dinner parties in her home, offering hands-on instructions for her party guests. She also teaches instructional cooking demonstrations at local venues in her community.
Erin is married to the greatest guy on the planet, and they have two ridiculously cute kids.