Born and raised in Dover, Massachusetts, Elise grew up summering on Nantucket Island. Her winters were spent baking bread, making pasta, and cooking slow-braised meat over the family fireplace; summers were fishing and foraging mushrooms, hazelnuts, and shellfish. After graduating from Bates College in Maine with a degree in Art and Visual Culture, Elise got her first cooking jobs on Nantucket, at Oran Mor and Straight Wharf Restaurants, respectively. She then furthered her experience in New York City, at April Bloomfield’s The Spotted Pig and most recently (before opening Take Root) as Sous Chef at Aquavit. In April, 2012—together with her wife, Anna Hieronimus—Elise opened Take Root in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Take Root provides an unpredictable dining experience in a comfortable yet refined atmosphere, blurring the lines of an exclusive chefs table and an intimate dinner party. Since opening, Elise has earned a glowing “Hungry City” review in The New York Times, a nomination for Eater National’s “Young Guns,” and was named “Best Chef (Female)” in Brooklyn Magazine, among other recognition and accolades. When not at Take Root, Elise can be found paging through cookbooks, tending to she and Anna’s backyard garden, or stocking the home kitchen with pickles, breads, and spreads.
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