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San Francisco, CA

BIO

My passion for the world of cooking started when I was a small child, hanging out with my father in the kitchen while he lovingly filled the house with bold smells and flavors. When I later spent time traveling to different countries, I became mesmerized by the exotic flavors I encountered, the people that shared them with me, and the sights, smells and stories of each place I visited.
My professional culinary training began with Chef Michael Chiarello at Coqueta, both at the restaurant in San Francisco and at various wine country events. I am currently Executive Sous Chef for Visconte Catering, a boutique SF Bay Area catering company specializing in rustic South American cuisine. I recently founded Spice Tribe, LLC, a company focusing on unique spice blends inspired by the places I’ve visited, each having a unique story and flavor profile.
At the Spice Tribe™ dinners, I will be cooking unique 'Californian' cuisine using seasonal local produce with flavors and spices that celebrate different parts of the world.
Whether it’s sampling amazing Moroccan food on the streets of Marrakesh, deliciously prepared fish on the beach in Thailand, or freshly roasted coffee high in the jungles of Nicaragua, be prepared to be transported with music, décor, aromas and especially flavors. My vision is to not only evoke a sense of place but to bring people together from all walks of life to commune around the table and share their experiences through a mutual love of food. As a bonus, you’ll get to take home a sample of the spice blend that we used, and some new ideas for your own cooking.

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