Cyd Koehn, Chef

Cydney Koehn’s culinary career spans an eclectic variety of cities, kitchens, dishes, and awards.

She got her first taste of the food and hospitality industry as a youngster growing up in scenic northeast Iowa, where her family operated a vacation home that catered to an international clientele.

Cyd went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Restaurant Management from Iowa State University. Specifically, she focused her internships on private country clubs in Ponte Verde Beach in Marriott at Sawgrass and the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

She was the Assistant Clubhouse Manager at Des Moines Golf and Country Club from 1989 to 1994, and was Hy-Vee Executive Sous Chef from 2009-2011 at the Hy-Vee Corporate Office in West Des Moines, Iowa.

"Cyd thinks chef stations tap a need for interactive dining. Guests love the personal service & direct dialogue with their chef, the chance to see their food prepared in front of their eyes and to choose ingredients themselves, whether it is a loaded Smashed Potini bar with toppings or carving station. 'Who does not like to watch the fire of the rum for a banana foster' she said."

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Cyd's Catering LLC

Cyd’s Catering LLC was established in 1994. Cyd specializes in Spanish Tapas using Buy Fresh Buy Local. She has the unique ability to create intimate private gatherings with gourmet local flavors.

Cyd’s Catering received 3rd place in Best Caterer 2019 by CityView and Des Moines Business Record named Cyd 1st place in Catering 2019.

Cyd’s Catering LLC is a licensed & certified catering service.

"Cyd won the popular vote of the entire audience (People's Choice Award) and $750 with a stunning plate that included a sausage she made with rillettes(a pate of pork shoulder and liver), smoked jowls, pistachios and dried cherries. She stuffed that in Serrano Ham and served it with roasted fennel and black truffle-morel risotto. She paired that with a brined, baked tenderloin which she paired with a pear and Port wine sauce. Even the memory makes me salivate."

"The food was amazing! I appreciated your dedication throughout the entire night to make everything go smoothly... You and your whole team went above and beyond, and I feel I can’t thank you enough."

"[Our guests] are currently packing up as much as they can to take with them. When we’re able to offer such nice hospitality, it really makes us shine – and we like that. And it makes performers happy to return."

"Not only was it a generous amount of food, but absolutely everything exceeded expectation in taste and flavor. Our group was so thankful to enjoy a delicious meal with family without the stress of cooking ourselves. Ordering and pick up was a breeze as well.  Such a big hit and I cant wait to order again for another event "

"We always do what we can to support locally owned businesses, period. I reached out to Cyd about catering our Mother's Day brunch and it was FLAWLESS. The food, packaging, appearance, pick-up was PERFECT! Thank you Cyd - I would recommend to anyone. You're the best."

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