My creativity comes to life when developing and conceptualizing health-supportive, plant-based recipes and menus, but I still love making myself a good steak for dinner. I believe in listening to your body—mine craves plants, dislikes seafood and gluten, and sometimes wants a burger, medium-rare with all the cheese and things and a glass of good whisk(e)y.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND
Growing up, my bedroom was right next to the kitchen. There were mornings when the clanking of dishes infuriated me, disrupting my time for youthful shut-eye, but more often the aromas wafting into my room caused me to leap away from my nestled corner and devotedly join my mom in the kitchen. Smells of garlic roasting with chicken and fresh herbs in the oven, or shallots bathing in butter on the stove top will always feel like home to me. It wasn’t until I was older that I truly began to realize how connected to cooking I’ve always been. And in exploring this I began to appreciate the way food connects people.
In 2010 I began hosting a supper club out of my home that, to my surprise, quickly became a huge success. We would sell out in minutes and found ourselves hosting guests from around the world. We met hundreds of people and after 3 years I decided to head to culinary school. In 2014 I graduated from The Natural Gourmet Institute with a certificate in Culinary Arts and Nutritional Healing and started catering weddings, and smaller events in my spare time, all while working my full-time marketing job. It was during this time that I began studying reiki and feeling a big desire to slow down a bit, and more importantly step away from my robotic desk job. So in 2017 I quit my job to go cook full time at Saltie in Brooklyn. It was the best decision I ever made. Sadly 4 months later Saltie closed, but it somehow all felt like divine timing and all of this has lead me to where I am now. I love cooking with and for people. If you’re interested in working together, send me a message with what you have in mind and we’ll talk! You can also reach me here to learn more about my reiki practice or to set up an appointment for a session!