Teacher Spotlight: Mary Haymaker

Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors - and businesses - we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better.

So, here are four questions to help you get to know Mary Haymaker and her amazing blog Chattavore. Join us for her class on Thursday as she teaches us how to throw a Southern Holiday Party from Scratch!

Mary Haymaker is the writer and cook behind the Chattavore. She was born and raised right here in Chattanooga, and her blog is all about Southern food and Chattanooga restaurants. She writes about all kinds of food, but her mission is to teach people to cook from scratch without breaking the bank - money or time-wise.

How did you get started in your profession?

I love reading blogs and started at least two (unsuccessfully) before Chattavore. One day I realized that I'd never seen a Chattanooga restaurant blog and decided to start one. After a very short time, I realized that I couldn't sustain a blog JUST dining out, so I added recipes. That was in April 2011 and here we are!

Why do you love Chattanooga?

I've lived here my entire life, so that's a start. I love that Chattanooga is not too big, not too small. I also love that the food scene here is really starting to grow.

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

Internet marketing (or writing - sorry, you just asked for one, but I had two)

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

I'm a major introvert, which may seem odd because I tell my whole life story online, but if I avoid crowds like the plague!