I like to eat, and luckily I love to cook. Food is more than a means to survive, it is a sharing of experience, a revelation of new sensations, and a sensual pleasure at its best.
Cooking good food does not have to be difficult, it can be a fun and ultimately satisfying experience. Of course it is really fun and satisfying when someone else does the dishes.
I began my professional culinary training at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, California, where I received an Associate of Occupational Studies degree. The diversity of New York City has also inspired me – I have worked alongside famous Chef Emeril Lagasse and assisted his culinary team on the cooking show Emeril Live, winner of the CableACE Award for “Best Informational Show”. In addition, my experience includes working as a Chef and Catering Manager for a variety of well-known New York cafés and as the Assistant Test Kitchen Director planning specialty menus for Woman’s World Magazine in New York City.
I also worked as a Chef Instructor at the California School of Culinary Arts where I educated culinary students in the art of Le Cordon Bleu method of classical French cooking, kitchen sanitation, and cooking methodology.
I also have extensive food styling and food photo editing experience as well, styling food on the sets of Friends and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Curious about the title of my blog? In many of the professional kitchens I worked in I was THE black girl in chef’s whites, among a lot of white and Latino men in chef’s whites. Makes sense now, doesn’t it?
Please visit my personal chef/catering website Culinoir.com
To read more of my musing on all things food go to the National Recipe Examiner page on Examiner.com