San Jose, California
I grew up in San Jose, California and developed a passion for cooking around the age of 25. I spent my restaurant career in the South Bay, working my way up through the ranks at some of the most reputable restaurants in the area. These include: The Table, Dio Deka, Black Sheep, The Lexington House and The Bywater. After honing my skills in the restaurant business, I had the opportunity to transition into working as a full-time private chef for various executives and families all over the country. Since then, I have narrowed my focus to cooking for multiple clients, within the San Francisco Bay Area. I also regularly take on dinner parties and events as my schedule allows.
How long have you been working with Big City Chefs?
If I were a spice, I would be…
My favorite local purveyors, artisans, and farmers:
Four Star Seafood and Provisions, Dorsia Provisions, Ocean to Table, K&J Orchards, Andy’s Orchard
What I love about cooking and hospitality…
I enjoy cooking because it allows me to be creative and try new things. I also appreciate the opportunity to cultivate and build relationships with clients, farmers and purveyors, as I believe it deepens my connection to the work that I do. Being able to bring people around a table and share my passion with others is extremely fulfilling. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like work!
What are your top three go-to pantry items?
Bianca DiNapoli tomatoes, Fish Sauce, Preserved Lemon