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."


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."

"Cyd, everything was fabulous, as always. You are the consummate professional. Whenever it is time for a board meeting, everyone asks if you will be catering lunch. They love your food and your presentation is always wonderful. Again, thank you for everything - you are great to work with."

"Thanks to Catering by Cyd for donating this awesome “Tapas for Two” basket for the Des Moines Area Religious Council Spring Greens auction. It looks even better in my kitchen than it did online!"

"I hate to give away my secret weapon when it comes to entertaining, but I offer you my advice in two words: Cyd's Catering. There. I have said it - but not before scheduling Cyd for all my events first - so good luck to you!"

"I experienced Cyd's creative work initially at fund raisers for both large and small groups. The selection and quality of hors d'oeuvres that she presents each time sets her way beyond the expectations one sets for such events. I have since invited her to do many events and family requests at Hamilton's. Without exception the guests are very pleasantly surprised and comment extensively about the variety and delicious flavors of her unique creations and are most often in awe of the terrific creativity put into her creations. She doesn't miss a beat."

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