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As a native of the east San Francisco Bay Area, I grew up steeped in a rich culinary culture. Home to an incredibly diverse international food scene and iconic institutions like (my alma mater) Chez Panisse, Gary Danko and The French Laundry, the East Bay has been credited as the birthplace of the slow-food movement and one of the great culinary meccas of the USA. My farm-to-table craft is heavily influenced by my California upbringing and it's been wonderful to bring such rich traditions and inspiration to New York City.
I believe food is not just fuel, but a means of joy, pleasure and community connection. My signature offering of "heartfelt haute cuisine" reflects this, and can best be described as a hybrid of "grandma's old-world homestead" paired with Michelin-caliber attention to detail, execution and presentation. My cooking is heavily connected to the seasons and I pay homage to deeply rooted culinary traditions from around the globe, making all preparations from scratch and hand-picking the highest caliber ingredients sourced locally and sustainably.
I have almost fifteen years of professional experience in a wide variety of capacities in New York, the Hamptons, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Silicon Valley. I always bring my personal touches of warmth, hospitality, and joie-de-vivre to the proverbial table- whether at a catered event, a restaurant consult or a private home. As a result I've become the trusted go-to culinary resource for a wide variety of clients including families large and small, CEOs, celebrities, Silicon Valley VIPs and the NYC and Hamptons elite. 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 surrounding areas, but I love to travel. I'm fully insured and retain multiple food safety certifications. Some of my influences include Yotam Ottolenghi, Melissa Clark, Frank Prisinzano, Ayesha Nurdjaja and Ina Garten. All chef portraits courtesy of Eddie Hernandez and Micole Rondinone!