WHERE IT BEGAN...

It was at the tender age of eight, that I first stepped into the kitchen and began cooking with my Italian grandmother. As her mini-sous, we’d often travel into Boston to see family and enjoy the feasts of the saints.  There, in the heart of the North End, I was exposed to local fisheries, bakeries, and farmers markets. From my first raw littleneck clam to a locally made antipasto, to a cannoli finale, I was hooked…I wanted to become a chef.

THE JOURNEY...

After years of honing home-cookery skills, in 2010 I took a chance and tried out for MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay. I was lucky enough to be selected from 10,000 contestants.  Lasting until the top 5 were chosen, upon my farewell I decided to take the opportunity to build my training and experience in Michelin Star restaurants throughout the country.

So now what? …I get to do what it is I love!  Cooking fabulously tasty food for a variety of delightful people throughout California is how I spend most of my days. From families to businesses, to the Hollywood crowd, I have focused on providing memorable culinary experiences.    Whether it is prepared family meals, a dinner party, or a cooking class, knowing people are connecting through food and moments that were cultivated by me, well…it has made me forever grateful to this art.

FOOD PHILOSOPHY…

Food has power, and as a conscious chef, I’m committed to making an impact on how and what we eat. Personally, and professionally, I strive to better our environment, support sustainable farming practices, farmers, and community supported agriculture. Aside from all the logical reasons as to why this approach is better I simply found that cooking and eating these foods—well, they just tasted better. I’m a person who tries to make a difference in our world as well as in the lives of others through food.  I’m a proud Chef-A-Preneur committed to educating people on the life skills of cooking.  I’m an organic gardener who cooks and eats my own locally grown produce. I’m a mom who is still sneaking vegetables into everything I make for my kids.  Lastly, I’m a person in love with the Slow Food Movement and believes everyone regardless of income or economic standing should have the right, ability, and access to responsibly grown foods.

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