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Kiersten Gormeley

Biography

Kiersten Gormeley found herself drawn to food and cooking early in her childhood whether it was being inspired by her mother, aunts’ and grandmother’s cooking, a fascination with cooking shows on TV or creating her own make-believe breakfast café, “Café Croissant”, with her sister serving their own fun croissant creations to the family.

In middle school Kiersten’s favorite class to attend was home economics, and in high school cooking class, she created her own chocolate chip cookie recipe and just knew she had a natural talent for it.

Kiersten decided to pursue work in the... READ MORE

Kiersten Gormeley found herself drawn to food and cooking early in her childhood whether it was being inspired by her mother, aunts’ and grandmother’s cooking, a fascination with cooking shows on TV or creating her own make-believe breakfast café, “Café Croissant”, with her sister serving their own fun croissant creations to the family.

In middle school Kiersten’s favorite class to attend was home economics, and in high school cooking class, she created her own chocolate chip cookie recipe and just knew she had a natural talent for it.

Kiersten decided to pursue work in the culinary industry spending a total of 13 years exploring her passion in various roles with restaurants and catering businesses such as Houstons, Dartcor Catering, Ome Catering as well as starting her own catering company for healthy meal prep called K Kooks. In these roles, being trained by mentors coupled with her instinctual talent she honed her culinary skills. Simultaneously she pursued her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ramapo College graduating in 2014.

Kiersten and her sister, Krista lived in Hawaii in 2014 for one year, and quickly became enamored by the cuisine. They found themselves picking their breakfast ingredients off the plants during morning walks. Influenced by this natural, simple yet healthy way of life, they knew they needed to share this back home in New Jersey, and it became their inspiration to create Shaka Bowl in 2016. The sisters now joke that Shaka Bowl is their real-life “Café Croissant”. In 2015, just a year prior to opening Shaka Bowl, Kiersten was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. This further pushed her into pursuing a healthy lifestyle and she became vegetarian.

At Shaka Bowl, Kiersten is the Chef and creator of all the delicious house-made and healthful menu items. The business is a family affair, so she works side by side with her sister and best friend Krista and brother Eric who handle other aspects of the business. She is also a member of Women’s Entrepreneurs of Hudson County.

Kiersten was born and raised in Wyckoff, NJ where she was an all-state swimmer, captain of high school swim team and four-year varsity award winner. She is close with her parents and three siblings. She currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey with her dog Luna. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, hiking, or any water-related activities as well as lifestyle and health related reading, researching and writing. Kiersten loves to help others and does so via philanthropic initiatives at Shaka Bowl.

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