It began outside of Boston, MA, at the tender age of 8, when I stepped into the kitchen and began cooking with my Italian grandmother. With food being a major contributor to the Italian life, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by the delicious labors of love and cooking! From my first raw littleneck clam to stuffed calamari, I loved it all. It’s funny to me, I remember the flavors, the moments, and the experiences I had with every single bite. From this, my passion was born…I wanted to be a chef.
This passion presented an opportunity years ago when I was chosen from 30,000 applicants for Fox’s MasterChef Season 2…. I made it to the top 6 despite the immense pressure from Gordon Ramsay. This fun catapult into the culinary world made it feasible for my training in some of the finest Michelin Star restaurants in our country. Undoubtedly my modern–farm-to-table cuisine is both a result of my upbringing and restaurant experience.
On a personal note, for me cooking has always been about bringing people together and sharing a precious thing called “time”. There is no better way to spend time with others than by enjoying delicious meals created with the best organic, seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients. As an extension of this food love and my passion for helping others, I decided to start an organization for women in the local food scene that gathers and meets monthly to do just that.
W.I.L.F.S. promote, support, and encourage women to follow their dreams in the culinary world… It’s a nifty group of ladies working with one another to enrich their lives and communities. To learn more check out www.wilfsla.com.
Lastly, the other day I was asked to describe my self so I will leave on this note…in a nutshell, I’m a chef committed to making an impact on how we eat, I’m a person who tries to make a difference in our world and in the lives of others through food, I’m an proud Chef-A-Preneur committed to educating people on the life skills of cooking, and I’m a gardener who enjoys eating and sharing my own locally grown produce. I’m a person in-love with the Slow Food Movement who believes we should all know our local farmers and artisans. I’m a person who believes everyone regardless of income or economic standing, should have the right, ability, and access to healthy responsibly grown foods. I know have a lot to learn… I have a lot to share…I have a voracious appetite for all things culinary…I am addicted to traveling…I love people…I love deeply, my family and friends… and well, lastly and most importantly… I love life.
Thanks for joining me here!