I was born to cook, I just didn't always know it. Everyone in my family loves to cook. Some family members prefer to use the same tattered cookbooks every time they prepare a family favorite. On the other hand, there are those who cook using pure natural instincts and whatever is on hand. Either way I cannot recall any family member who is not passionate about food! My family was the fire that ignited the passion I have for Culinary Arts. It took me finding my own way around the kitchen to realize this was what I wanted to do.
I began cooking when I was sixteen years old at a small restaurant in Andover, Maine. It was basic American Pub, grill and café. I remembered being thrown into it and it was just the basic no frills fare. It was not until I started watching Molly Katzen’s Vegetable Heaven cooking show when I was about twenty years old that I became inspired. I wanted to be able to prepare food for my meatless friends and suddenly the world of culinary arts opened up for me. I learned about layering spices and textures, and was instantly intrigued. I began experimenting with different foods and then began to dabble in pastry and cake making. Once I started, I could not stop, and although I was working in a corporate office I knew my heart belonged to cooking.
At the urging of a friend and vacation home owner, I reluctantly put together a menu to be offered to rental guests. I was so nervous and worried about what people would say about my cooking style, but twelve years later I am still doing it and always look forward to my next group of clients. This leap of faith was the best decision I could have made. I am a proud self-taught Private Chef, and through constant trials of different culinary styles, I have perfected unique dishes. I am very passionate about what I do and I love customizing menus to obtain clients tastes, dietary needs and expectations. Through constant perfection of dishes and innovative cooking practices, I am able to bring the best meals and meal presentation to every table I have the pleasure of serving!