Q: What influenced you to pursue a career as a chef?
A: My families love of food and reading letters from my uncles who traveled the world and always noted what they were eating.
Q: Describe your cooking style?
A: Comfort with a twist….sugar and spice everything nice.
Q: Who taught you the most about food and cooking?
A: George Germon and Joanne Killen at Al Forno in RI
Q: Describe your journey to get where you are.
A: Long and hard with a lot of fun in between.
Q: If you could choose any chef dead or alive to spend the day with cooking, who would it be and why?
A: Oriol Balaguer.
Q: What is your favorite Chefwear item and why?
A: My snake skin pants are fun. Maybe they should consider something with polka dots:)
Q: What would your last meal on Earth be and why?
A: Lasagna because it’s my perfect comfort food. It was one of the first things I helped my mom make in the kitchen
Q: What advice do you have for the future chefs out there?
A: Put in the time, do the extra steps to get it right and listen to advice from someone who knows
Awards and accolade.
The California Raisin Marketing Board, First Place National WinnerJ
James Beard House chef, featured and participated in several James Beard House dinners.
Martha Stewart radio
Food and Wine Festival NYC
NYC Food and Film Festival
International Chocolate Show showcase demonstrator for 6 consecutive years
The Food Network’s “Sweet Genius”, “Chefography” and “Alex’s Day Off”
The Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets”
Newspapers and publications including: Food and Wine; Chocolatier; Saveur; Bon Appetite; Health Magazine; New York Times; New York Daily News.
Books: Street Eats; Small Things Sweet; Pies; Pudding; I ♥ Corn