Rachel Ponce is a Chicago native and moved to Paso Robles in 2017. She had been a licensed massage therapist and owned a successful dance fitness/yoga studio in the heart of Chicago for 8 years. During that time, she was passionate about healthy cooking and became the Fearless Fitness Chef developing easy to follow recipes that were healthy, nutritious and full of flavor. Since that time, she has taken numerous cooking classes, but she is a self-taught chef that writes her own recipes and books.
After a few wine focused vacations, she decided to take steps in wine education, and became WSET level 2 Wine and Spirits certified. Rachel then started her Food and Wine business in Chicago hosting educational classes on wine & food pairings.
This experience has been brought with her to California and her goal as Estate Chef is to showcase wine forward food pairings that are not only delicious, but unique. Hear more in a video here.
Since moving to Paso Robles, her family has grown with the arrival of her son and daughter. You may spot them at their favorite spot by our outdoor fountain.