What is your culinary background?
I went to culinary school but took a break when I had my daughter and relocated. I never got back to it. I was the health food chef at Whole Foods in Tustin. Then I started my own business as a ‘personal chef’. I made lunches for clients who had dietary restrictions, diabetes, wanted to lose weight, needed low-cholesterol/sugar meals, etc. I did this in our 500 squ ft duplex. It was so crowded and I pretty much used our fridge for business.
What do you love most about being creative with food?
The kitchen is my happy place. I really do love prepping and chopping for dishes. It’s therapy. But really love how food can take you places mentally. The smell of garlic and onions reminds me of when my great-grandma made Mexican rice. Being creative with food gives my friends and family opportunities to try dishes from all over the world. I love learning about other countries’ traditions with food. Now that my family and I have been vegan for 4 years, there is fun in the challenge of making our vegan-versions of our favorite dishes.
What are some of your favorite things to make?
I love making Mediterranean food. My favorite is falafel, tofu feta, and tabouli. I recently made a radish-corn salad that was sooooo good.