Food Media Consultant, 2008-present
From the Discovery Channel to Wagstaff Worldwide PR, my expertise in the culinary arts and media relations is frequently requested for research, writing and media projects as well as recipe development and research. I’m great at breaking down the complexities of the culinary arts for easy digestion by the masses.
Chef & Blogger – Discovery Communications , 2009
Host and creator of this online cooking show podcast and blog on sustainable, organic cooking. Research, write, produce text, photos and videos for posts plus tested recipes. Bought-out by Discovery Channel and hosted on their Planet Green site for four years.
TV Host & Chef – Discovery Channel, 2008
Resident chef and host of “G Word” on the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green Network. Produced by Authentic Entertainment, I foraged for wild and exotic foods in the field before battling established chefs in timed kitchen competitions. Host, reporter, improviser and all iron chef! Produced by Authentic Entertainment.
Culinary Instructor – San Sebastián Food, 2013-Present
Freelance consultant and culinary instructor in San Sebastián, The Basque Country, Spain. Currently consulting as a chef and food media guru for San Sebastián Food, one of Europe’s leading gastronomic tourism firms.
Event production – USA, 2009-Present
Producer of large-scale food events with JAM Entertainment, Best Events, the Los Angeles Times, Patina Catering and many others. From pre to post production, stage management, logistics and event coordination for large-scale and live culinary demonstrations, tastings, catering, etc.
Culinary Instructor – St. Joseph’s Center, 2008-2010
Teacher of culinary workshops and demonstrations, media relations, Sous Chef at Bread And Roses Café in Venice providing for the homeless. non-profit, vocational training and externship program.
Personal Chef & Catering, Los Angeles/Paris/San Sebastian, 2007-Current
Freelance chef for local clients, events, parties, working with some of the most exclusive caterers and private clients in the world. Menu planning, budgeting, shopping, buffets, full service, breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktail parties…on and off site.
OTHER JUICY BITS
•Organic Farmer in rural France and Spain for 1 year studying permaculture and artisanal production of organic goat cheese, olive oil, bread, etc.
•Chef, Le Casse Noix Bistro 15eme Paris
•Independent WINE CONSULTANCY, California USA, 2007-2010
•Winemaking apprenticeship, Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast, 2007
•Instructor, Hip Cooks Cooking School, 2007
•Executive Chef – The Trails Cafe, 2007
•Pastry Chef – Canele, 2006-2007
•Food and Wine Educator, Trader Joes, 2002-2003
•Professional food, music & culture writer and editor
James Beard Foundation Scholar, 2010 & 2011
Twice recognized and awarded by the most coveted culinary society in North America.
Le Cordon Bleu Paris, 2011
Graduate of Cuisine Program
University of Florida, 1993-1997
BS Telecommunications Production, College of Journalism and Communications
Minor in History, Graduated with High Honors
+Second City Theatre Group, level 3 improvisation
+Acting with Brian Reese, Hosting with Steve Truitt, Voice Over with Terri Apple
+Teleprompter, Cue Cards, IFB, Improvisation, Scripted & Non-scripted
I am a dual citizen of the USA and Australia and converse in Japanese, French and Spanish. Passionate about organic farmer, sustainable living and eating. Slow Food, permaculture, fermentation, wine tasting, baking. Storytelling, filmmaking, radio broadcast, culture, languages, travel. Yoga, surfing, swimming, living a very good life.