Born and raised in West Michigan in a small suburban/farming community called Lowell, I grew up cooking. My family has always been centered around the kitchen. Growing up I tended to cook a lot of Italian American food, seeing as how I am a whopping 25 percent Sicilian. When I got into high school I became obsessed with Asian and Indian cuisine. I went to Central Michigan University, and quickly became homesick and insecure about my areas of study (Spanish and Art). I decided to return to the motherland and begin Culinary School after 2.5 years of moderate success in traditional college. Culinary school was a fun experience, and I learned a lot, but I didn’t really fit the profile of my fellow classmates. When finished, I moved to Chicago to explore career options. My first place of employment outside of Michigan was Green Zebra, where I quickly learned that I wasn’t cut out for the cooks lifestyle. I stuck it out though, and continued working at both of Shawn McClain’s restaurants, for about a year and a half. Now I work at Whole Foods, and while it is a corporate environment, three of the biggest perks are access to ingredients, the employee discount, and the 8 hour days that allow me time to do what I really want. I am most happy when cooking in my own kitchen for people that I love. This year I moved to St. Paul, MN with my fiancé Eric. We were eager to get out of the city and explore a whole new place and begin our lives together.
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