Kyle Bernstein’s career has been a nonstop roller coaster ride through the hospitality and food & beverage industries. The youngest of 9 children brought into the world by Barbara and Harry Bernstein, Kyle was encouraged to help with household chores, including kitchen duties. Unknowingly in preparation for her predestined appearance on “Chopped”, Kyle became a master of helping put together a substantial evening meal for a large number of people out of whatever was on hand in the refrigerator and cupboards. She also got her first look into the world of foodservice as a child visiting her dad at Cease’s Commissary during his term as night watchman. She was intrigued by the giant vats of simmering soup and the meticulously packaged sandwiches stacked on refrigerated palates and hanging, seemingly suspended in air in the cafeteria’s vending machines.
She started her formal food service journey at 16 when she took her first job at a Burger King franchise store near her hometown of Dunkirk, New York. This job got kept her in trendy clothes and paid for her first car – a 1980 Chevy Monza named “Flipper”. The same job funded her college tuition, but it was not always easy. She was required to wear a wig to work during her punk phase when she shaved the side of her head and no longer fit in with the chain’s “Family Restaurant” image. That same wig once saved her from what could have been a catastrophic collision with a hot fry basket. From there, she earned an AAS in Travel and Tourism Marketing and Sales and a Grande Diplome from The French Culinary Institute in New York. As a chef, Kyle has held kitchen positions at the renowned Le Cirque 2000 and Sony's Executive Dining Room, catering to all level of celebrity and wannabe.
A health buff and fitness fanatic, Kyle touts the benefits of a colorful, plant-based diet, regular exercise, and a positive outlook in the culinary classes she teaches. A published author, Kyle uses recipes she has written in class and posts them with photos of the finished product to her whimsical blog: www.theobsessedchef.com. She also pins those posts on her “Blog Recipes” board on her Obsessed Chef Page on Pinterest and FaceBook.
Kyle had the opportunity to appear on “Chopped” “A Very Piggy Halloween” (Season 12, episode 6 - 10/16/12). She didn’t take home the $10,000 prize, but was vindicated the following week when she won 1st prize in a chili Cook-Off at a biker rally – with her secretly vegan version!
Kyle is on a mission to share her recipe for good-for-you eating and living well through diet and exercise with the world. She dreams of hosting her own cooking show some day would also love to pair that with a mobile healthy cooking school, in which she might drive to areas with high incidences of Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Cancer, and offer free classes to those who cannot afford - but desperately need them.
When she is not selling, teaching, eating, creating outrageous edibles, or blogging about them, she likes to make beer, wine, cheese, and yogurt. She even once helped make 3 quarts of fresh honey when a swarm of bees infested an upstairs wall of the old country farmhouse she shares with her husband, Dale. Kyle’s turn-ons also include shopping, creating wearable art, snowmobiling, and motorcycling.
Unique traits: Chef, Culinary Instructor, Food Blogger, Motorcycle Enthusiast
Television by Notional/Food Network Cheftestant
1st Place Mavrix Motorsports Hot Chili Cook-Off