Taylor Green, executive chef of Everyday Kitchen, took on that illustrious title at 20 years of age–an astonishing feat. Green, who is new to Madison, is also an accomplished musician, calling guitar-playing his other passion. Learn about Chef Taylor Green…
Hometown: Born in Cincinnati Ohio, but I grew up Basking Ridge, NJ.
First job: I was a bus boy at Veneto Ristorante & Pizzerria.
Favorite ways to spend your free time in WI: Take a hike and find a quiet place to read and relax. I moved to Madison at the beginning of Covid, so I haven’t had had a chance to truly experience Wisconsin and am looking forward to exploring more of this beautiful state.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Becoming an executive chef at the age of 20, which is a title typically earned after a long career in the kitchen.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: Becoming an executive chef at the age of 20 posed some serious obstacles. I didn’t have the opportunity to study under truly accomplished chefs, so I spent most of the time learning as I went, making more than a few mistakes along the way and occasionally struggling to lead kitchens where most of the staff has far more years of experience then myself.
Someone who inspires you and why: Outside of some of the great chefs out there, I would have to say my grandmother. She was always a champion for anyone who needed it and was so encouraging and supportive of everyone she met. She could talk to a complete stranger for hours, listen to their life story and know just what to say to make you feel like you could conquer anything.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: It takes dedication. This is a really tough field, often with early mornings and long nights. If you want it, it’s there for you to take. Never stop learning from those around you, and spend the time to hone your craft.
Favorite quote: “Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself.” –Jean Paul Sartre
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I’ve been playing guitar both solo and in bands since I was 16. It’s my other passion, but music never paid the bills!
What makes someone fabulous: When someone can enjoy being in the moment, whether at work or play.