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 wound up interning 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 significant and 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 cherry tomato or cucumber eaten out of hand moments from harvest, and how to naturally rid crops of potato beetles (you inspect the plants and squish the bugs in between your fingers!). I wanted to share this experience with my clients and began producing hyper-personalized private dining events amongst the crops and wild grasses of the farm field. Eventually, dinners popped up in backyards, beach fronts and apple orchards across the Hamptons and in dining rooms throughout NYC. It's a labor of love and I hope to do it until I'm all strands of gray and can't remember my name.
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'm a chef, cooking instructor and consultant. Though I enjoy cooking for clients, what I really love is showing you how to heal and nourish yourself. Much of health and happiness begins in the kitchen.
I offer private and group cooking instruction, personal chef services, intimate event catering and consulting. I also specialize in custom cleanse & detox programs. I'm available throughout NYC and the Hamptons.
In addition to the private services above, I'm a public class instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts where I teach both NGI's proprietary courses and my own material. Upcoming classes below. Register via the link: