It is my pleasure to find ways to take what can be seen as a frustrating dietary restriction, and turn it into a puzzle to be solved with beautiful, delicious meals.
I first began working as a personal chef before I even knew that I could cook. I was in a foreign country and looking for work, which I found in cooking and helping care for a family’s home.
My employers became not just my friends, but also my teachers. I learned how to create what they wanted for the week, based on what fresh foods were available in the open air market. The more I cooked the more I loved it, and I began cooking for more families and enjoyed experimenting with new flavors at home as well.
What I realized right after I arrived in a place where I couldn’t read or speak the language and had no recipes or access to cookbooks, was that without specific instructions, I was free to create flavors with the beautiful local produce newly available to me. I went from feeling frustrated and struggling to follow recipes, to feeling like an artist with a fresh palette of paints!
I was filled with excitement each time I walked through the marketplace and learned for the first time what seasonal really means- that you can only access certain items for a short period during their harvest time. The rest of the year they were simply not available, and the feeling of new life each time the wheel of the year turns and a new type of fruit or vegetable is popping up vibrant and flavorful is a thrill that stays with me today, and is truly something to celebrate.
As I learned each family’s needs and preferences I enjoyed the challenge of creating food for each person’s tastes and dietary needs. I learned that food is very personal, and the connection and intimacy of making what a client is eating each day is something to be treated with the utmost respect and care, for the ingredients, and the energy put into creating the food itself.
I have gone through many stages of my own dietary changes, from being vegetarian and later vegan, to raw vegan, to grain free, Paleo, and sugar free. All of these personal experiences have shown me how much our food choices can impact the way we feel, and I have become passionate about helping others feel great with what they eat.
Since those early days when I was first learning how to cook, I have moved across the world and back and have enjoyed the amazing flavors of Jerusalem, New York, and Miami, finally landing in Silicon Valley where I have been for the past five years.
It is here that I began to see my cooking as a career rather than just a skill. I have been cooking for weekly clients for several years, each with unique dietary challenges, and it has been exciting for me to discover each person’s individual needs and preferences. It is my pleasure to find ways to take what can be seen as a frustrating dietary restriction, and turn it into a puzzle to be solved with beautiful, delicious meals, whether for a special occasion or weekly preparation that will set you up to feel amazing!