Born and raised in the Bay Area, it has allowed me to explore a wide variety of flavors and tastes via the diverse population. My mom would also take me on a “dining experience” about once a quarter, following the principle from Jiro Dreams of Sushi: “In order to make delicious food, you must eat delicious food.” This heightened my appreciation of food and the way it brought my family closer together. These dining experiences also afforded me the opportunity to develop a diverse and discerning palate at a young age.

My earliest memories of cooking are assisting my mom with breakfasts on the weekend, where I required a step stool to reach the stove. From there, my love for cooking continued and deepened. My first job at the age of 13 was at a high-end catering company. After a few years, while in high school, I was also able to start my own personal chef business, specializing in creating healthy and delicious meals for clients with restricted diets.

When not at work, you will find me in search of a lake or pond to fish, practicing CPR (Catch, Photograph, Release). I also like to tinker, so home improvement projects or working on cars is something I enjoy. I have also started a small backyard farm where I raise chickens, keep bees, and grow herbs, fruits, and vegetables.