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How I Did It: Delicious Passion Turns Into Successful International Career
Kimberly Van Kline used love of cooking to build lucrative business
Kimberly Van Kline never thought she’d be creating delectable meals for celebrities and royalty as a young girl learning to cook with her grandmother, a woman who worked as a personal assistant and cook to legendary Hollywood actress Margot Grahame.
A focal point of her best childhood memories, Van Kline, 43, grew up helping her grandmother prepare meals for the family, and became the primary cook in her household upon her grandmother’s passing.
As an adult, she worked as a professional at Verizon for more than a decade, but always knew her passion was cooking. On her 40th birthday, she decided to pursue her dream full time, and founded Passion for the Palate, a catering services firm, in 2008. Her client list now includes artist and actor Common, hip-hop artist Fabolous, haircare giant Bronner Bros., and royalty in Antiqua and Barbuda.