California Native, born and raised. I learned to cook and appreciate great food from my Italian mother who made classic Italian dishes on a regular basis. I learned early on that the secret to making great sauce is a blend of fresh ingredients and patience, as it can take hours for the ingredients to achieve their peak performance. I have always been fascinated with science and actually entered college studying Mechanical Engineering. While taking an elective general nutrition course, I first heard the term Food Science. After doing a bit of research I soon learned that I could combine my two passions: Food & Science and shortly after I changed majors.

On weekends I enjoy outdoor activities such as gardening, sporting events, boating, gatherings with friends & family and especially poker night at my father-in-law’s house.