Deb Paquette was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to a family of great male cooks, and she acquired a passion for flavors and ingredients. She graduated in 1978 from the CIA, then went on to the Florida International University where she received a degree in hospitality. She then moved to Nashville and spent seven years as executive chef at Nashville’s Cakewalk Restaurant.
She eventually moved over to the Bounty Restaurant as executive chef. The Bounty was located behind Vanderbilt University and it was quickly voted as the best new restaurant in Nashville in 1996. Later that same year, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape her for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the South television series.
Chef Deb went on to open ZOLA’s in early 2000 and closed it in 2010 for a well-deserved vacation in the Caribbean and Mexico. Two years later, she and her husband, Ernie, returned to Nashville to open ETCH in the Encore Building, the same site as ZOLA, but closed that in 2015 to work on opening ETC, which will now open in August of 2016 in the Green Hills area of Nashville.