Growing up in Chicago, my passion for food started early while cooking in the kitchen with my Italian Grandma. She taught me the simplicity of high quality ingredients, cooked with proper technique. This lead me to culinary school at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Being there for four years really solidified that this was the field I was meant to be in for the rest of my life. I learned how to cook every cuisine and met fellow classmates from around the globe. I graduated in 2008 with honors, with a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts Management.
From there I worked in kitchens all over the states, from New York to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and ultimately ending up in Chicago again. I explored every position from baking to pastry, hot appetizers, fish, and grill stations. In my 18 years of experience, I've had the opportunity to work in kitchen management as a Chef and in the Front of House as a General Manager. The thing that I LOVE about this industry is that it has allowed me to learn something new every single day.
Throughout the years I have had the opportunity to work with all different kinds of cooking equipment, cookware and knives both in professional kitchens and at home. I am excited to share all of my knowledge with you!