A Chicago native, I discovered a passion for cooking in my Sicilian grandmother’s kitchen. I love to travel and experience cultures through their heritage foods, especially when visiting family in Osaka, Japan. I worked in pharmacy for years before applying my knowledge of chemistry to food and haven’t looked back since!

After work and on the weekends you can find me paddleboarding the lagoons of Foster City or cycling the Bay Trail. My most memorable food experience was watching Jay Fai cook her signature crab omelettes over an open flame at her Michelin starred Bangkok restaurant.