Originally from just outside Scranton, PA, I'm a cancer survivor, Wall Street runaway, a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute's Chefs Training Program and part-time farmer. Raised on meat and potatoes, I went vegan, and then vegetarian, and then some how wound up working at a butcher shop.
I've seen and eaten a lot.
After culinary school, I worked at restaurants, cleanse companies, school cafeterias, caterers, private homes, pop-up events and, the most profound experience of all: two organic farms. I was the chef-in-residence at Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett, NY for the 2015 growing season and the chef-in-residence at Bhumi Farms in East Hampton, NY for 2016 and 2017. During those years, I learned how to drive a tractor, that there is nothing on this earth like an organic sugar snap pea eaten out of hand mere moments from harvest and that it's impossible to screw up a dish cooked in a wood-fired oven.
Working on a farm was a life and career-altering experience and, to avoid being too sappy, I'll just say that it significantly influenced my craft for the better and that neither I nor my food will ever be the same.
There are two things that I tell each and every one of my clients on a regular basis: no single diet is right for everyone and everything in moderation.
I believe in a diet founded on healthy, plant-based principles: whole, real foods that are local, seasonal and organic whenever possible. Think fresh produce, whole grains, nuts and seeds. That said, we are unique beings requiring different foods to look and feel our best. Clients' needs and palates are supported through personalized menus that are plant-based or feature sustainably and mindfully-sourced animal proteins.
If you've managed to find yourself here, we're probably on the same page: I want to live a healthy, fit life AND enjoy delicious, comforting food at the same time. It's possible and I can help you do it. I like to say that I make real food for real people. That said, I won't turn down a cheeseburger -- nor should you. Life is all about balance. Treat yourself!
I offer personal chef, intimate dinner parties and events, individual and group cooking instruction, and consulting services. Presently, services are available throughout NYC and the Hamptons.
In addition to the above, I'm a public class instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts. Click here to view my schedule and register for upcoming classes.