Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Debbie Sharpe began cooking at an early age, first for her family and then for friends. Upon leaving school, she worked as a bookkeeper before earning a cadetship (aka internship) with a prominent Australian newspaper. It’s there that she began her career in music as an entertainment writer. Always seeking new adventures, she moved to London in 1978, and worked for Adam and The Ants for several years. Six years later, Sharpe took a leap of faith and started a catering company, Eat Your Hearts Out!, quickly establishing herself as the go-to caterer. She became highly sought after throughout Europe, and began catering for Paul and Linda McCartney. In fact, she credits Linda as her mentor. In 1990, Sharpe joined Paul and Linda on a U.S. tour, and decided to put down roots in Chicago.
Eat Your Hearts Out! has since riffed into The Goddess Rocks! catering, focusing on local concert tours and festivals, most notably Lollapalooza. Recent clients include Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon, Sting, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Pink, Arcade Fire, Demi Lovato, and Phish.
Sharpe’s original catering venture has catapulted into a successful group of businesses—The Goddess Restaurant Group— which includes The Goddess Rocks!, Goddess and Grocer locations in Bucktown, River North, Gold Coast and O’Hare International Airport; as well as Feast restaurant in Bucktown.
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