meet the chef
There have been two constants in my life: food and soccer.
I started playing soccer when I was 4½ years old and haven’t looked back since. Growing up in SoCal meant I was lucky enough to play in one of the most competitive soccer environments in the country. I was offered a scholarship with UC Davis as a division-1 athlete my freshman year and then continued playing with the women’s club team after that.
Although it’s been many years since my last competitive game, I still like to run around the soccer field every so often, whether it’s jumping in with my youth teams or playing in an adult league. Being on a soccer field is where I feel at home, it just makes sense. The funny thing is, I never intended to become a coach but life had other plans for me and I am so glad it did. Because now, I can’t imagine my life any other way.
My love of food stems from being an athlete and just being hungry all the time.
But it also comes from one of the most important people in my life, my mom. I grew up in the kitchen cooking and baking with her, captivated by all the different colors and smells. She would take me to the grocery store and let me pick out the produce, then we would go home where I would be her sous chef.
The kitchen is where I cultivated my love for food and at a very young age. We are shaped by the people in our lives and I was lucky enough to have someone who started me down a path of culinary exploration.
I love all kinds of cuisines; Thai, Mediterranean, any type of noodle, Italian, Mexican, BBQ.
You name it, I’ve eaten it.
I love big, bold, bright flavors but I also love simplicity. I believe it’s important to be kind to your body.
As a college athlete, I was fascinated by the relationship between food and people and, how plants nourish our bodies from the inside out. I truly believe that plant-based foods are not only healthy but can taste delicious too. Whole foods that your body can easily digest are always preferred.
Food should be fun and colorful. There should be texture and unexpected twists. Your meal should be an adventure.
Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it should taste like cardboard. I like to elevate ingredients to the next level which means food that is fresh, vibrant and bold, with a little something unexpected.
One of the highlights of my college experience was feeding my friends and teammates, and nothing has changed. Feeding people is my passion, it brings joy into my life. It’s the other place where I feel most at home in my life.
Everyone is on their own journey, we all have different starting points. You hear it all the time, don’t compare your chapter 3 to someone’s chapter 16. We each have our own relationship with food.
I am not here to tell you what diet or lifestyle is right, I simply want to help you make healthier food choices and make your journey easier, whatever that means for you. Everyone is different and that is what makes us special.
My hope, my goal, is to help change the misperceptions that surround vegan and plant based food. I want to show people that these foods can be just as delicious and fun to eat as any other diet out there. But I understand that not everyone is ready or willing to eat this way. Whether you adopt a vegetarian, vegan, plant based lifestyle, or simply incorporate a few healthy meals a week, I want to help make that transition as easy as possible for you. I am here for you.