My own journey exploring a healthy lifestyle not only for me but our family gave me the insight into the many challenges we all encounter. This enables me to bring a high level of empathy, respect, understanding and motivation to all my classes and workshops. I get it, I've been there.
Educating my son as to where his food comes from starting at an early age, was the first step in providing him these life long skills. Raising backyard chickens in urban NYC and growing our own vegetables was the norm for my son in his early years and he loved every experience, from collecting the eggs in the morning, to creating his own spice mixes and so many beautiful memorable moments. These were, the most important years to initiate, educate, and implement the worth of eating healthy and nourishing your soul. Teaching all my students this important life skill is vital to their well being, decision making and mindset. My son and I traveled solo throughout Europe a couple of years ago and it was the most enriching experience for both of us. We stayed at an organic farm in Italy, took cooking classes, hunted for truffles and enjoyed a most rustic lunch "al fresco" in the mountains. In Cyprus, we explored a huge rock house built into a mountain, we enjoyed fresh octopus straight from the sea in Greece and learned all about these wonderful cultures, their beautiful history and delicious FOOD! These are our prized memories and moments we often discuss while we're in the kitchen making either cypriot keftedes, fresh pasta, spanakopita, or other delicious dishes from our many exotic journeys we've enjoyed. These are the lessons I bring to my workshops, the love of culture, food and community. To honor and respect the land and our Mother Earth, be grateful for the harvest our farmers provide throughout the seasons, and be fully present with your meal.
LOVE is always the main ingredient!
I love to cook and you will always find me in the kitchen. When I chop and dice, I'm in Zen mode, the aromas in my kitchen at times sends me back home, to a place in the past full of comfort, love and deliciousness. A connection of family, unity, meals prepared from the heart, as Love is always the main ingredient. It's like fairy dust, magical, mysterious but oh so wondrous...just like a freshly baked banana walnut muffin. When was the last time you baked or cooked something that took you back home, to that special magical comforting place...
I'd like to cook with you, your children, let's just get cooking and exploring. I promise you it'll be fun! I support and empower both families and children with a variety of hands-on culinary and wellness workshops. Your adventurous Chef will learn life skills which will enable them to learn where their food comes from, make healthier food choices and explore food using their five senses. As a team, they all learn proper culinary terms, kitchen safety, knife techniques and how to prepare delicious and nutritious recipes. We envision all children learning, exploring and being confident in the kitchen. It is the most important life skill one can master, that is to cook! Therefore, our classes are small and intimate, affordable and we take pride in using local, seasonal and organic ingredients and products whenever possible. My client success stories reflect my ability to, time after time, assist families and clients on their journey towards a healthier mindset. Extensive experience allows me to guide them in this process. Teaching a child the importance of eating healthy and showing them how to cook is a necessary life skill and cooking together as a family will become moments full of love, memories and stories that they will remember Always.