About Phil


Philomena Aceto has always had a passion for food. Phil was taught the art of cooking by her grandmother who was a great cook and wonderful hostess. Phil’s home has always been filled with the aromas of wonderful homemade dishes and the loud Italian chatter that goes with it. As a small child, Phil sat in her grandmother’s kitchen and watched as she prepared simple but abundant dishes that today are still some of her favorite recipes to make and teach.

In 1990 Phil was hired as a staff chef for one of the largest catering companies in New York City. The parties were glamorous, but the work was anything but! This is where Phil really learned about the business of food and honed her skills, she was lucky enough to be able to work with some of the best chefs in the city. They were tough critics, but thru them she learned invaluable technique and style that led her to cook in spaces that included Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum and Carnegie Hall as well as spending summers in the Hamptons as a private chef for many of the families there.

Over the next 25 years she became executive chef in a local Dallas restaurant, started a catering and event company, and worked as a private chef for very high end clientele in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Eventually, Phil opened a cooking school where she taught classes and hosted wine pairing dinners. Philomena has also lectured on healthy diet and food preparation, and was a regular on morning television. In 2007 Phil launched her own private label line of products that sold to Whole Foods, Neiman Marcus, Martin Foods and Cysco.

Today, Philomena works as a cooking instructor and restaurant consultant and loves to share with her clients and students the benefits of all those years of experience. The classes are focused on a healthy lifestyle and the exquisite farm to table movement that is so abundant in our beautiful Hudson Valley and Capitol District regions. If you are interested in Phil’s classes call 214-738-0087 or email Phil at philomenaaceto@gmail.com.