Hi, I'm Patricia
I help people transform their ideas into recipes and their recipes into cookbooks.
My experience as a chef, food stylist, recipe developer, food editor and entrepreneur help me educate and empower people to create recipes and cookbooks of their own. Whether this is a gathering of recipes for a family or community cookbook, recipes to support your business or instructions to help your clients change their lives through better nutrition, my years of experience and no-nonsense approach will help get you where you want to be.
"Work is love made visible."
- Khalil Gibran
I love to feed people
From as early as I can remember I could be found on a chair pulled up to my grandmother’s kitchen counter with my pudgy little hands in the soft warm bread dough helping form the little balls that would become cloverleaf rolls. Walking behind her through the big garden on the farm with the earth between my toes nibbling on a carrot or a piece of rhubarb.
I loved helping with the preparation and being part of the gathering together at meals.
By nine I was experimenting with all sorts of different recipes. I went through a particularly ambitious (and messy) phase of making soufflés for my family for Sunday brunch and by then I had my own recipe box with cards I typed out so carefully on an old typewriter
I loved cooking for friends and family, making up new recipes and putting together a beautiful table
but it never occurred to me to choose cooking as a career
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."
- Martin Buber
It took me a really long time to decide what I wanted to be when I “grew up”
I spend my early 20s traveling and working at various jobs in the hospitality industry and generally having a lot of fun; but it was my experience working at a fly-in heli-ski lodge that changed everything.
Three weeks a month I lived and worked at a remote mountain lodge in the British Columbia wilderness. My co-workers were an eclectic international group of mountain guides, helicopter pilots and people from all walks of life who loved the mountains, including some amazing European chefs.
I began to see cooking in a new light
Then one day a good friend mentioned she had seen an article about the famous Cordon Bleu Cooking School opening a branch in Ottawa and was wondering if I had ever thought about becoming a chef?
One week later, I had filled a tiny car with my few belongings and was on my way across the country on a brand new adventure
"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
After completing my studies
in Ottawa and London, England, working in various restaurants and resorts, and teaching at a vacation cooking school in Italy, my travels took me back to the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton where I met a fellow chef who captured my heart.
In the years to follow we had the chance to work together and create wonderful food in beautiful places, but when it came time to start a family we knew we no longer wanted to work those crazy restaurant hours.
We needed to take a leap of faith
to transition our careers into something more sustainable for the long term. We sold our house, packed up our two cats and rented a tiny apartment on the other side of the country, ready to give a new career a shot.
“When I took the leap, I had faith I would find a net; Instead I learned I could fly.”
- John Calvin
We arrived in Edmonton, AB in the spring of 2001 and got busy preparing ourselves for new opportunities.
We took classes, worked temporary jobs and kept our eyes open for whatever our “next big thing” was going to be.
Then one sunny morning that summer we came across an ad in the paper (remember those?) A local company was starting a national cooking magazine and was looking for a food editor (cue fireworks and choruses of angels here).
The food publishing industry was a perfect next step,
allowing us to use our culinary expertise while working reasonable hours - and finally realize our dream of becoming parents.
“If you get, give. If you learn, teach”
Which brings us to today
and a new opportunity to translate all we have learned into resources to help other people realize their goals
So, what’s your “next big thing”
Where do you want your recipes to take you?
We’d love to help you get there.
"I may not have gone where I intended to, but I think I ended up where I needed to be."
- Douglas Adams
Patricia Bullock is the co-founder of The Blue Accordion Recipe Academy, a Cordon Bleu trained, Red Seal chef with over 25 years experience in the culinary industry working as a chef, food stylist, food editor and teacher. She has been a contributor to numerous magazines and over 80 cookbooks.
Her entrepreneurial adventures have included a catering company; a wedding cake company and a party supply business.
Patricia is the co-founder of the Blue Accordion Recipe Academy and co-host of the Blue Accordion Bistro Podcast. She can be found cooking and exploring on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram at Bullocks in a China Shop.
Patricia is based in Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaInterested in an interview ? Let's Chat!