Debra Ponzek

Debra Ponzek is an internationally acclaimed chef who was Executive Chef at New York City’s Montrachet restaurant and credited with its seven years of three star status. In 1995, she opened Aux Delices Foods, an enormously successful specialty retail food chain in Connecticut which offers up Debra’s culinary creations, company-branded products and a broad range of specialty food products. Her flair for crafting the quintessential fete, from large-scale parties to intimate weddings and special events, have become Debra’s hallmarks. Born in New Jersey, she entered university to appease her parents, taking engineering but soon dropped out, much to the disappointment of her parents, realizing that cooking was her true passion. Her turbulent marriage to Bobby Flay made them the power couple of the food world, but made Debra desperately unhappy. Realizing that the city and the marriage were not for her, she headed to charming Connecticut with a new amour, and started Aux Delices, now balancing an empire and three young children. She has never been happier.