I wear the Well Worn Apron
I’m Ann Marie van den Hurk and I wear the Well Worn Apron a couple times a day as prepare meals for my family. I’ve always loved food and traveling. Even as a young girl, I was always up for an adventure. My Mom loved to cook when I was young, so our house was always filled with great food and people. Mom was a great role model in the kitchen. My parents loved to eat out and travel. I was a very lucky kid growing up in the 1970s and 80s.
My journey in cooking began in high school when I realized I loved to bake and could do it well. I even received the Chef’s Award in home economics class Senior year. It continued when I went to university where I had a student flat with roommates from all over the world exposing me to new foods and cultures. I learned about new ways of cooking and ingredients.
Regardless of how much my profession has kept me busy, I always made time to cook and travel. I’m the happiest when I’m either shopping for ingredients or cooking in my kitchen. As an entrepreneur, I make time to cook for my family. Food is important to me. Healthy food. Simple food made from good ingredients.
After years of my family urging me to start a food blog to share with the world, I finally did. That was in June 2011. My biggest readers of the blog were my mom, sister-in-law, and my sister for the longest time; however, things have changed. My circle of readers have expanded to include fellow foodies from around the world. When I look back at the first posts, I cringe. That’s OK. Well Worn Apron has evolved and will continue to evolve as I have a person and cook.
When I’m not cooking or traveling, I run a public relations firm, Mind the Gap Public Relations, based in North Carolina. I specialized in digital public relations including reputation/crisis management. I write an award-winning nationally distributed newspaper column on public relations, social media, and marketing for small businesses. So if you are in the food or travel industry needing some help, hire me here.
I’ve continued to cook, eat, and travel my way through life. Well Worn Apron blog is my passion and I’m happy to share my journey with you.
– Ann Marie