Rachel Willis


Rachel is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and has been cooking professionally for over 20 years. After doing a stage in France, she came to Charlottesville and has been a chef in some of our best restaurants, including Clifton – the Country Inn.

Currently she lives on a Crozet mountain top with her husband and son and raises a heritage breed of sheep for meat and wool. In addition to farming, she is baking wedding and other specialty cakes using eggs from her hens. You can read more about her company “Cakes by Rachel” on this blog.

“After being a chef in wonderful restaurants for about 18 years, I got married and started a farm and family. To pursue my love of the creative culinary arts and to buy hay, I am creating hand crafted one of a kind cakes for special occasions. My husband, baby boy and I live on a wind swept mountain top in Central Virginia. We balance growing food, loving each other, tending the sheep”- Rachel