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Ashley Simone is a graduate of OPRF, and she was trained at Oak Park’s Academy of Movement and Music before going on to study at Marymount Manhattan College and Columbia College Chicago.
Then she ran away and joined the circus.
After a stint as a dancer with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, she performed on stage and on-camera in a number of theatrical roles.
She also likes to cook.
Finishing up a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts at Illinois Institute of Art, Simone is always trying new dishes on friends and family.
Foodgasm™ is Simone’s first web-based cooking show. Each approximately four-minute segment will focus on a single dish.
The video series, according to Simone, “ is a little bit naughty, a little bit nice. We’re focusing on the sensuality of food,” and it will cover special diets, including the pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free options. Many preparations will be slightly tongue-in-cheek, like the “Green Bean Cass-a-roll,” which is a “deconstructed and then reconstructed” version of the traditional Thanksgiving side dish: green beans in a puff pastry with mushroom sauce and fried onions.
According to Etta Worthington, producer and director of the series and Simone’s mother, the webcasts will demonstrate that “tasty, appealing, healthy food can be prepared to satisfy anyone’s palate.”
Worthington explains that her daughter “lives in the 40s”: she’s a fan of swing dancing and projects an unabashed Lucille Ball vibe, with vibrant red hair in a swept-up do and Truman-era fashion sense. On her Foodgasm series, Simone “will be creating a character,” though it’s a persona that’s true to her everyday personality.
Foodgasm segments begin airing Youtube April 14th.