As a native of the east San Francisco Bay Area, I grew up steeped in a rich culinary culture; the East Bay alone has been credited as the birthplace of the slow-food movement, as well as being home to Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, and the iconic culinary institutions of Chez Panisse and The French Laundry- the philosophies of which I bring with me everywhere I go. To me, food is a wonderfully creative art form that is constantly evolving.
My farm-to-table culinary craft is heavily influenced by my California upbringing, and it's been wonderful to bring those rich styles and flavors with me to New York City. I love fresh and innovative twists on classics, combining flavors from around the globe, and hand-picking the highest caliber ingredients sourced locally and sustainably. I am devoted to whole food-based nutrition and holistically satisfying meals using traditional from-scratch cooking methods. I use pasture-raised animal products and seasonal organic ingredients whenever possible, and I relish in making all my own sauces, dressings, fermentations, stocks and jams.
I bring to the table almost fifteen years professional experience in a wide variety of capacities in New York, the Hamptons, San Francisco, Berkeley and Silicon Valley. I've cooked for young children, seniors, teens, families large and small, and individuals living with chronic disease. I always bring my personal touches of warmth, compassion, and joie-de-vivre to the proverbial table- whether at a catered event or a private home, I've become the trusted go-to culinary resource for a wide variety of clients and families. What's more, my passion for people and philosophy of "cooking as an act of love" make me outstanding in the field of private culinary arts.
I mainly service the New York City and San Francisco areas, but I love to travel. I'm fully insured and retain multiple food safety certifications. Some of my influences include Rebecca Katz, Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi, Melissa Clark, Sally Fallon and many chief tenets of the Weston A. Price nutritional model. All chef portaits on my site are courtesy of Eddie Hernandez Photography- all food photos are my own!