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Portland, OR

BIO

If I'm not in the kitchen you can probably find me in the garden. As a grow-your-own-adventure type cook I am always creating recipes from what I harvest. I am definitely a culinary horticulturist (a food nerd). I was educated the old fashioned way and by that I mean my Gram taught me the basics while loading me up on good hearty recipes from her secret stash. I pull from these more often than not and tweak them as needed to create magic of my own. My heritage is filled with home grown American recipes but I also have a deep admiration for the foods I’ve enjoyed traveling abroad. I am lucky to have spent time in Paris and Tokyo among other adventures and the flavors I fell in love with along the way have stayed with my cooking tool kit. My food ranges from crisp clean and light to rich full bodied comfort food. I work with local farmers I am proud to call friends to bring you the best each season has to offer. I especially like to introduce a familiar ingredient in new and different ways. It keeps traditional recipes exciting.

I got brave and competed on Food Networks Cooks Vs Cons and then came a monthly segment locally on KGW Portland Today. I thoroughly enjoy food television and I have my sights set on Chopped next!

Food is my love language and the most universal in my opinion. I am always excited to meet others that feel the same.

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