My inspiration for cooking came from my grandmother. Some of my fondest memories were watching her stir up wonderful ethnic dishes in the kitchen.
Growing up, I always aspired to do something in the culinary field, but my “bread and butter” was a career in marketing. While juggling a job in New York City, I attended Peter Kump’s Cooking School (now the Institute of Culinary Arts) and devoured cooking magazines in my spare time.
In 2010, I traded a demanding job to be at home, but always had a hankering to combine my professional experience with my culinary passion. After seeing my own children eager to help in the kitchen and a chance meeting with a friend, we came up with an idea of a children’s baking class. The children were completely engaged and loved it. We’ve been cooking up a storm ever since – helping children learn an essential life skill while making it fun!
I hope the kitchen is a place where people of all ages can unplug, celebrate good food and feel inspired!
My love of good food and cooking began when I studied Food and Consumer Science at Liverpool University, UK. I then worked in ski chalets’ in the Swiss and French Alps, preparing Cordon Bleu cuisine for my guests. Later, I pursued a career in the food industry; where I worked in test kitchens for Tesco and Cadburys, developing recipes and products. Moving on, I worked for a London based Gourmet food Company in Sales, developing menus, utilizing fine ingredients for prestigious sporting events, such as; Royal Ascot and Silverstone Racecourse.
Just over a year ago, I moved from the UK with my husband and three children. Outside the kitchen I enjoy fun with family and friends, reading, interior design, singing, hiking and skiing.
I discovered my love for cooking while at the University in London with its eclectic food scene. From there, I traveled through Europe where a passion for food took hold before coming home to finish my degree and get a job!
While working at Harvard Medical School my love of cooking never left, so I started moonlighting at Hamersley’s Bistro in the South End. Eventually Hamersley’s won out and I worked for Gordon Hamersley for three years. After which time I returned to London to work for many chefs including Alastair Little, the Joe Allen Restaurant Group, and Sunshine DNA Film Co. Later I worked as a private chef, cookery teacher and food writer before starting my own wholesale business. After 13 years in London and travel throughout Australia I’ve returned to Duxbury, a place where I call home.
My philosophy is that food should be first and foremost seasonal with strong emphasis on simple, wholesome, and locally sourced ingredients.
I find great joy in the creativity and sensory benefits of sharing food experiences with friends and family. Wine and cooking have been my passion for nearly 25 years, so after a long career in the investment field, I finally thrust myself into my passions. I graduated from Boston University Wine Studies and Wine Making programs and attended a program in Tuscany making wine in the Chianti region of Italy.
During a move to Denver, I went to culinary school and became a Certified Specialist in Wine Designation. After graduating, I became a Chef Instructor at the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts and as a personal chef in the Denver area.
Now back in Duxbury, I am excited to share my knowledge of both food and wine. I enjoy teaching kitchen techniques as a means to make everyone a better home cook and opening up the world of wine that will instill confidence in even the most novice wine enthusiast.