Who’s Behind Chef Chops

by admin (September 14, 2010)


Dawn Blume Hawkes is the author of the soon-to-be-released cookbook, AWAY from the KITCHEN, and the creator of ChefChops.com

Dawn is a California-born, European- and American-educated cook and author. Living the bi-coastal and bi-continental life began with her parents transporting her from California to Boston to New York and back to California again, where she eventually earned her BA and master’s degree in English and design.

Traipsing around the United States and subsequently crossing the continent to explore European lands, Dawn began attending classes in London, England, at the Ealing School of Art, Design, and Media, and started writing for various publications including the British weekly magazine of satire, Punch. Among these endeavors, she also took on the quest to travel and seek out instruction from the best European chefs offering regional cooking classes, which quite naturally led to an appreciation of the diversity of cuisines and the skills of the chefs.

Returning to California, Dawn accepted a position with Chiat/Day Inc. Advertising. At Chiat/Day, she developed her skills in marketing and advertising campaign design, brand and market strategy, and global integrated business initiatives with clients such as BMW, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Ford, Lincoln Mercury, Mazda, World Cup USA, the Super Bowl, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Qantas Airways, Pepsi, Ritz-Carleton Hotels, Nordstrom, Nike, Reebok, and many more.

Dawn credits the influences of growing up surrounded by interesting people—writers, artists, explorers, and scientists, all of whom were accomplished cooks—to her sense of the high drama of food and entertaining. “From the Felliniesque dining scene to the laminate-and-chrome kitchen table, plates slathered with mac and cheese (homemade, of course), my unsuspecting mentors presented me with the mysterious or simple possibilities of what a meal could be.”

Dawn’s desire to synthesize her talents and years of experience with her lifelong passion for all things food resulted in a unique cookbook concept that became AWAY from the KITCHEN. The book reads somewhat like snippets from a novel with the chef’s untold stories and unexplored talents revealed, but it is also a book firmly grounded in cookery—with private menus and unconventional tips to be savored by both professional and casual cooks.

Dawn is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), Writers World International, Women’s National Book Association (WNBA), American Advertising Federation (AAF), and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).