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About Chef Carole

Chef Carole Wendling

Hi, my name is Carole Wendling and if you don't already know me, I have been part of the Temple family since 2001. Here is a little current and back history....

What I'm doing when not at Temple!

I absolutely love to work out and be active. Biking, lifting weights, yoga, barre, anything!
And, I am a huge music lover of most genres. :0) You can find Leandro and me dancing to trance in our living room, or doing homework to some 80's alternative. I really love cooking to music.

Beyond that, I am allergic to eggs and dairy so I have to be creative with my food.
I still enjoy fish and some meat. I try to live a healthy, organic, macro based diet. Of course I cheat a little here and there but our refrigerator is half vegetables and fruits at all times, I really do enjoy vegetarian dishes most the time.

How I became part of the Temple Family...

I grew up in Metamora, Michigan right by Camp Minnewanna. My first job was in Hadley at the ice cream shoppe serving hard custard, making waffle cones and sandwiches when I was 12. Maybe that was the start of my love for food? lol.

I first started working with Matt Prentice and his family of restaurants at what was then called the Unique Restaurant Group.

Before Matt, I made my rounds in most of the Oakland County country clubs, and that really taught me the value of community and guest satisfaction at all costs. I started with Matt when I was 18 years old.

I was the chef at Milk & Honey, which was our observant restaurant right around the corner at the JCC. During Shabbat, I would run over to Temple from the JCC and help dish up since Friday and Saturday evenings were and still are a big thing over here!

Eventually, I left Milk & Honey and continued at Morels, the original Michigan bistro on Telegraph and 12 mile. At that time, all Temple events were prepped in the Morels/Shiraz commissary kitchen and brought over for execution up until the restaurant closed in 2006. At that time, we officially moved into Temple's kitchen and made a new home!

I was bounced around and helped in the a la carte operations such as Coach Insignia, Flying Fish Tavern, Etouffe, Novi Chophouse, Northern Lakes Seafood, and our off-premise catering division. I finally settled full time over at Temple in 2009. In 2014 I had my first son, Leandro and did a 2 year period over at Cranbrook Institute of Arts & Cranbrook/Kingswood. In 2017, I came back to the Temple family and I'm so happy to have found my way back.

Passionate About My Work

With my background consisting more of restaurants than catering, I really wanted to make sure our catering reflected a meal you would get in an upscale restaurant; always prepared fresh and with high quality ingredients right before it hits the plate. We are a scratch kitchen and make all of our dressings, sauces, soups, appetizers....everything! We want to be able to control the flavor profile and quality of what we serve and will not change this mission. I am so lucky to have an amazing culinary team that has this same vision. We all truly love what we do and have a passion for all things food.

I'm excited to be at Temple. During the COVID-19 pandemic and the building shutdown, I want to take this time and use this page to share recipes, some fun cooking/prepping videos and pictures of what we're doing.

Please feel free to send me regarding recipes and tips or even to request a food demonstration! I can't wait to hear from you!

Carole

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