Black Diamond Culinary celebrated its grand opening Tuesday in Franklin with a ribbon cutting as Williamson, Inc. welcomed the business to the community.
The female-owned business has a unique concept and story.
Kristen McCorkle, the owner and chef who’s also known as “Chef Kris,” had a 25-year career in the airline industry. During that time, she married a French pastry chef and lived abroad. She had a love of cooking and was inspired by Julia Child, a cooking teacher, author and television personality who died in 2004.
Black Diamond Culinary offers hands-on cooking classes and hosts private dinner parties of up to 40 people with wine pairings.
“The kitchen table is a place where we can experience the best of what life has to offer,” McCorkle said. “I’d love to have you, your friends, your family around my kitchen table for an exquisite glass of wine and a full hands-on experience sharing with you my absolute passion.”
McCorkle plans to host pasta, pastry and appetizer classes, with more to come. She’ll also offer children’s classes, the first of which is scheduled for Sunday, July 26.
On Aug. 1, McCorkle will welcome her first dinner party, where the six ladies who have booked the class will also enjoy a self-playing Disklavier Yamaha piano.
Clients will receive a copy of all the recipes that they can take home to recreate the dishes.
During the ribbon cutting Tuesday, McCorkle shared her thanks to everyone attending and explained the name of her business.
“I’m like a diamond in the rough, and it’s now my time to shine,” she said.
While this is a unique time to be opening a business, Black Diamond Culinary wants the community to know they are taking all the necessary precautions to keep guests safe.
Learn more and schedule a class by visiting blackdiamondculinary.com. Black Diamond Culinary is located in Franklin at 615 Bakers Bridge Ave., Suite 120.