about ME

I'm Polly Talbott. I've had the pleasure of owning and directing A la Carte Culinary Services, a hands-on recreational cooking school in Lynbrook, NY,  for 21 years.  I'm a Certified Culinary Professional with a degree in Home Economics, concentrating in foods and nutrition, from Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio.


My background includes food styling, restaurant management, corporate and editorial test kitchen work, product development and culinary education.  I've also studied cooking in France, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Morocco, Argentina, New York, and anywhere else I've been!  My professional background, coupled with my grandmother's passion and expertise for baking, inspired me to create A la Carte Cafe, to expand my business during our gradual recovery of the corona virus. 


I'm a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance and Les Dames D’Escoffier.


I serve as a Past President on the Board of Directors of the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce and am an on-camera person for Lynbrook TV.

"Food has always been my passion, as well as my work.  Come into my world and learn to enjoy the pleasures of cooking and eating great food."
Polly Talbott, CCP 

"Food companies as well as consumers need to make sure they are 'buttoned up.'  Let me help guide you."


“You keep us from letting our dinners get boring!  The food was wonderful, but more importantly, the warm and gracious atmosphere created a truly memorable experience."

Carmella, East Meadow

© 2017  Polly Talbott