Chef Monika Sudakov, in addition to being the chef at the Bettendorf Hy-Vee, is also the owner/chef of the Chestnut Street Inn, an award-winning bed and breakfast and restaurant in Sheffield, Illinois. Monika has an M.A. in cultural anthropology with an emphasis in gastro-anthropology. She is also a Certified Culinary Professional with the International Association of Culinary Professionals. The Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) Program is the only multi-disciplinary credentialing program in the culinary industry. Designed to recognize those who have reached the highest level of culinary achievement, the CCP designation is widely regarded as a symbol of leadership and knowledge. Among the ranks of CCPs are Julia Child (1912-2004), Shirley Corriher, Nathalie Dupree, Jacques Pépin and Anne Willan - undeniably some of the profession's most esteemed culinarians. When you apply to become a CCP, you join this select group of men and women who have made the ultimate commitment to excellence in the culinary arts. And when you earn the distinction, you invariably find that you've opened doors to even greater advancement and opportunity within the industry.
Monika’s specialties include cuisines surrounding the Mediterranean, including Moroccan, Spanish, Greek, Italian, French and Middle Eastern. She enjoys teaching people not only how to cook, but also educating them about the cultures these foods represent. Monika is also very adept at catering to those with dietary restrictions including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and paleo.