Cooking has always had a soft spot in my heart. I remember as a young child, being in the kitchen with my Grandmother, helping her out in any way I could. My mother also put me on dinner duty one night a week at an early age. Back then it consisted of simple things like boxed macaroni and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches, but I loved the planning and the preparing of the meal.
In middle school, I started working for a caterer. I was only cutting up vegetables and simple things, but loving every minute of it. The caterer took me under her wing and gave me my first glimpse into what it would be like to be in this line of work.
While attending Purdue University in Hospitality and Tourism Management I worked as a cook for several local restaurants. I was also a part of an elite group of students chosen to serve at private banquets and events at the home of the Purdue University’s President. After graduating, I packed my bags and moved to Pasadena, California to attend Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. Upon completion, I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and became a private chef for a CEO and his family. This was a dream job for me. It allowed me to use both my creative side, as I came up with different meals each night, as well as my planning and management skills. I knew that I had found my passion in being a private chef. Throughout the past few years I started my own business called DIY Gourmet, which consisted of healthy prepped meals and also was a private chef for several players of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.
Now I am starting on a new adventure in California! Cooking is my passion and I’d love to share it with you. Bon Appetit!