Richard and Diane George celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary last Tuesday, July 14. Their love story, like their careers, started in the kitchen. The couple first met while working at the same hotel and then started dating when Diane became the chef at and helped her friend open Val’s Restaurant in Holden.
Richard’s and Diane’s lifelong passion for cooking led to the April 21 opening of their own restaurant, Dianna’s Neighborhood Bistro, at 120 June St.
This intimate eatery — named Dianna’s instead of Diane’s because it “sounds more European,” in case you’re wondering — formerly home to Le Mirage, uses classic cooking techniques to put new twists on traditional dishes, Richard said.
Richard, the oldest of seven children, said his skill as a chef developed by cooking for his family. After 45 years in the restaurant business, including 18 managing Grove Street’s Ciao Bella, he’s held an array of interesting jobs, such as working as the executive chef on the iconic Mississippi Queen steamboat.
Diane’s cooking experience began in the late 1970s when she was 14 and started working at Central Kitchen, a bakery on Main Street, that was an offshoot of the Oyster House. By learning how to make bread and bake first hand, Diane says she found her niche early on as a teenager.
“I always loved cooking. It was something I wanted to do,” she says.
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