about me

Whenever I have to explain to someone how I got to be where I am today, the typical response is a raised eyebrow, a surprised expression and, ‘Well, you’ve had an interesting career!’

They aren’t wrong.

It’s been a topsy-turvy and unconventional path that started with me working with mice in a cardiology lab at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in LA and led a decade or so later to living in London and flying around the world as an incognito luxury hotel, restaurant and spa inspector for Forbes Travel Guide. The in between bits made a bit more sense as I went to NYU for a masters in Food Studies, worked at food magazines as an editor and recipe developer, was a founding editor at a food and travel website and started writing a Serious Eats column that led to my first cookbook.

I feel lucky as I get to do both things that I love: work with hotels and restaurants to create memorable and unique guest experiences for travelers and develop simple and tasty recipes that anyone can be proud of making.

My goal with all of my work is to infuse your life and those near you with a little bit more happiness and fun than before, whether it’s adding little details to a hotel that will make you (or your guests) write fabulous, warming reviews or help you put a delicious meal on the table when you get home after a long day.

I hope you give me the chance to join in on your life in either of these areas.

find my work here…

While we wait for my first cookbook to come out in January of 2020, published in the US, UK & Australia by Hardie Grant, please check out one of the 200 recipes I developed for my former Serious Eats column titled One-Pot Wonders. More recent recipes on The Kitchn, Taste and past work on Bon Appetit, MindBodyGreen, SELF, LATimes, and others. Thanks for reading!