It is always fun when I find a talented chef making fabulous cuisine in an unexpected place! On a recent road trip through Iowa, I stopped in Cedar Rapids and booked a reservation at Cobble Hill Eatery & Dispensary. Chef Andy Schumacher and his wife Carrie opened the restaurant after moving from the Cobble Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, a place dear to their hearts. The Schumachers’ philosophy is, “You don’t have to leave Iowa to eat like you are in New York City.”
The Early Days
Chef Andy never meant to become a chef. He intended to go to medical school, but after earning a BS in Biology from the University of Iowa, he began dabbling in the food industry. Realizing he was more interested in the culinary world than medicine, he and his wife Carrie headed to New York City, where he attended the French Culinary Institute. In New York, Chef Andy worked for several restaurants learning the ins and outs of the industry, and then launched his own catering company.
Chef Andy’s first step into the limelight occurred when he starred in the second season of the TV show The Next Food Network Star. He