Given her success in the culinary world, it’s easy to assume that Amanda Freitag was born not with a spoon in her mouth but in her hand (or rather, a whisk or chef’s knife). But believe it or not, she didn’t always know she was destined to become a chef. In fact, if you had asked young Amanda what she wanted to be when she grew up, the answer would have had nothing to do with food at all.
“I would have been some sort of an artist/performer,” she answered in response to FN Dish‘s question about what career she would have tried if she wasn’t a chef. “I love the instant gratification of making people happy with my work.” As for what type of performer specifically, Amanda told Restaurant Girl that she always wanted to be a dancer. Although she admits that being a chef is an equally “high endurance career.”