Renee Anzalone was born and raised in western New York State to parents who owned a restaurant called “Hook n’ Ladder”. She recalled many hours of enjoyment at the stoves and in the dining room, but making pastries was always her favorite activity.
After finishing school, she moved to Los Angeles and found a job making desserts and confections at Schatzi’s on Main, where she catered to some of the country’s best known celebrities, including one who later became California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
She then moved to Nashville to become the pastry chef at The Bounty, and in 1995 the Great Chefs television team showed up to tape her for Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the South series. In 1996, Nashville Magazine called it the Best New Restaurant of the Year. Chef Renee went on her own in 2005 to be a certified personal trainer and chef, where she remains today in 2016.