Nancy’s love of food and cooking began early even though baking her first cake at age 9 nearly set the house on fire. Her mother told her never to cook again, but she wasn’t deterred. Fortunately, she stopped burning cakes and started learning how to sauté, flambé, and soufflé. It was during a power outage when she prepared a steak with homemade chutney for a friend who so raved about the chutney that she suggested Nancy start a business. Something clicked and in 2006 The Gracious Gourmet was born.