I’ve been cooking for as long as she can remember. Like many little kids, I would always follow my mother around the kitchen and “help” as much as she could.

Starting when I was about 10, it was one of my chores to completely plan and cook dinner once night every week. The dinner had to be a balanced meal – no getting away with saying we were have ice cream sundaes for dinner! At first, it was a little overwhelming – I still remember the first time I tried to manage a stovetop full of boiling pots – and there were failures when mom had to come to the rescue for sure. But the excitement and pride that came with pulling off a successful meal couldn’t be matched. It was this early experience with cooking and menu planning that contributed to my love of cooking today. Cooking was never scary to me – it was a chance to create what I wanted to eat.

In the summer of 2015, I completed the Plant-Based Professional Course through Rouxbe Cooking School in order to build on the skills I had learned on my own. Although I’m not a vegan, the plant-based techniques I learned in the course have helped me incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into my recipes in unique ways.

My work has been featured by Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Parade Magazine, Yahoo! News, Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post, among others.