I grew up in Central New York, where farmer’s markets were the norm and family dinners a nightly event. While attending college in New York’s Hudson Valley, I ventured to Florence, where I studied Italian cuisine, further sparking my interest in good food.

After moving to New York City and working in financial business development, I followed my true passion and earned my Culinary Arts degree at The Institute of Culinary Education. This lead me to an externship in the Test Kitchen at Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. I worked with former Top Chef contestant Candice Kumai, providing editorial support for StilettoChef.com and assisting with recipe testing and food styling.

From there, I cooked for dozens of clients at Carried Away, a weekly in-home personal chef service. I provided 8 customizable dishes for clients for eating throughout the week. I worked with a lot of wonderful families and busy professionals here in New York City.

Most recently, I served as the studio manager and in-house prop stylist and set decorator for SeeFood Media, a culinary studio and video-production company in the Lower East Side. I’ve had the privilege of working with culinary greats like Emeril Lagasse, Michael Symon, Judy Joo, Sam Talbot and Bobby Deen.

I am now a full-time Assistant Chef and Culinary Instructor at Sur La Table in Manhattan. I teach classes and keep things running ship shape!

P.S. My favorite foods are super-crispy sweet potato fries, my mom’s meatloaf and anything with kale. I like yoga, drinking good coffee with good people. I live in Astoria, New York and yes, I’ve been to the beer garden.

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