Obsessed with food and cooking from a very young age,
my first job at 14 was in a Chinese take-out restaurant.
I worked my way through college at a wonderful small cafe
where I became inspired to pursue a career in the culinary
arts full time. On graduating, I went home to Chicago,
where I cooked in the city's top-rated restaurants. I trained
with some of the country's most celebrated chefs, as well as
culinary instructors at the renowned Culinary Institute of
America in Hyde Park, New York.
I later moved to Washington DC to work with food security
and hunger awareness issues, and helped establish a farmers
market in the Anacostia neighborhood, also teaching healthy
cooking and budgeting skills in the community. In 2001,
I moved to Naples, Italy, where I dedicated myself to my family,
the local markets, and absorbing the rich local culinary history
and culture, eventually designing a "culinary tour of Naples"
for an American tourism company.
I am thrilled to be putting my experience to work in clients' homes. Whether it's preparing
daily meals or putting on extravagant parties, I am finding the personal chef business to be
the most fulfilling culinary adventure yet.
Active member of the APPCA
and the Slow Food movement.
Servsafe certified, the industry standard
for culinary safety and sanitation.
Plenty is fully licensed and insured.