Business Manager, Head Chef, & House Mama
I grew up between Texas and Italy, and have always loved having a large family on both sides of the pond. My mom married my dad 6 months after she met him on a beach on Isola d’Elba. They still didn’t speak the same language. She was a ski instructor, master seamstress, and one of the first women to climb the Matterhorn. My grandmother was a flight instructor in WW2. She learned to fly from her dad, and was his pilot during the barn-storming wing-walking aerial show days in the 30’s. In my family, passion is followed, and paving the way is just something you do. My passion for cooking came at 4 years old when my Italian grandparents would come to visit for months on end. Nonna Maria taught me the heart of the family is in the kitchen, and just about any ailment can be cured with a good meal and a caring heart. We would travel back and forth quite often, but my dad also insisted we see other parts of Europe, Mexico(it was in my back yard after all) and South America. He was big on reading and learning, but bigger on adventure and exploring. So, a traveling we would go, every summer. As the world became smaller, I realized how simple it is to live life to it’s fullest potential by following your passion amd making your own path.
About half way through college it dawned on me that I wasn’t certain of my path. After a long heart to heart with my parents during a ski trip, we decided I needed to fall back to what I loved and figure it out from there. So my dad and I drove 18 hours straight from Taos to Corpus Christi to enroll me it the Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management program at Del Mar College. Once I received my degrees, I moved to Italy to apprentice and reconnect with family for 14 months. It was a fabulous year! When I returned, I took Austin by storm managing high-end restaurants and finishing up my 7 year career as executive chef.
The following 7 years I worked in corporate sales at Dell(in their hey-day) and a few other F500 companies. Once Cri and I got married and decided to expand our family, I resigned and we started up The Racing Post - a Texas based cycling magazine. During this time I also got hooked on Zumba, became an instructor, and have been doing it ever since. After a few very successful years we sold the magazine and moved on to new adventures, and moved to Wimberley, Texas. Once we found the perfect location and settled in, we opened up the Williams Racing Academy residency and have been growing ever since.
Managing Williams Racing Academy and the Belgian Racing Camps is something I truly love. Anyone who stays with us becomes an extension of family. For me, there is nothing more satisfying than watching people develop their potential, discover their passion, and create their own path. Being an influence of that brings a true joy to my heart, and satisfaction that I am doing my part for this world.
We are in Europe 10+ weeks out of the year. Our kids have grown up in difference cultures, strengthened their roots, and shaped their understanding of how small the world really is. And the smaller the world seems, the more possibilities you see. Helping my kids - be they blood or Academy - develop to their full potential is my passion. There is no other work I could see myself enjoying more so than this.
Chloé Glasscock Williams