I became interested in cooking at a very young age……inspired by my mom throwing things together and lots of creative time spent with an Easy-Bake Oven! Years later, I’ve become so grateful for these experiences, allowing me to bridge my love of food & cooking with my profession!
Since graduating from Culinary School in 1990 my career has weaved its way through unique experiences including restaurant cook and caterer, corporate chef, private chef, production kitchen manager, start-up bakery owner, and cooking class instructor all along the way. These days I proudly define myself as a farm chef, teaching & educating about approachable, farm-fresh cooking in New England. I am also honored to serve as an independent farm stand bakery consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture.
Over the years I’ve found myself drawn to the simplicity of fresh local foods and the beauty of the farms in the area. It was only natural that I ended up working at several Massachusetts family farms, presenting a wonderful opportunity to cook with vibrant ingredients from their very own fields while developing seasonal recipes. 20 years later, I still get excited seeing steaming bushels of just-picked corn coming in from the fields, endless flats of sweet strawberries, gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, and orchard trees dripping heavy with fruit……truly special!
Each growing season still thrills me and I find myself asking the same questions…..How much can I put up? How many new recipes can I create? What strange crops will be at the farmer’s market? What will I do with all of the garlic scapes this year? Mother Nature has created some kind of crazy race leaving us all anticipating, savoring and enjoying the harvest while at it’s peak.
Like most New Englanders I thrive on the changing seasons, allowing each one to inspire, teach, and navigate my way to delicious happenings in the kitchen. Sharing my passion and knowledge with others is important to me, and a wonderful opportunity to teach about the joy and simplicity of farm-fresh cooking in New England!
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