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For as long as I can remember, I have always marched to the beat of my own drum. As a child growing up in Bellevue, Washington, I got into all kinds of mischief and trouble, from routinely disregarding my parents’ rules about pets (I was particularly fond of amphibians, fish, and rodents) to always being reprimanded by my teacher for distracting others or not paying attention in class. My independent streak (at least, that was how I perceived it) actually intensified after high school when I moved to Los Angeles by myself at the age of 19 to pursue a personal dream of becoming a fashion model. Armed with only a few material possessions alongside a healthy dose of determination and resourcefulness, I supported myself, worked my tail off, and eventually signed with Wilhelmina Models! While I enjoyed modeling for a few years and derived tremendous gratification from achieving a lofty goal I had set for myself, I also knew modeling wouldn’t be a lifelong career. Moreover, my parents had strongly emphasized education throughout my childhood — a value system that resonates with me to this day (thanks, Mom and Dad!).
In keeping with these values (and while still modeling), I returned to college and earned my Bachelors degree in Psychology. Furthermore, I now also have two graduate degrees — a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. By now you’re probably wondering how all this has inspired me to focus my efforts on the creation and production of a culinary career. Well, in truth, hiding under the surface while I pursued earlier endeavors, something that has stayed constant is my passion for cooking and, yes, eating. And not eating just any food, but good food. My passion for all things cooking and eating conjures up some of my earliest childhood memories, be it sitting alongside my mom or grandma as they prepared a delicious dinner, or fishing with my dad and eating our fresh catch. So it was at an early age that I developed an appreciation for the important role that cooking, sharing, and enjoying good food should play in everyone’s life. Cooking fosters creativity, brings together family and friends, expresses love, and so much more. Sharing and enjoying delicious food are hands down two of the simplest, but greatest, joys life has to offer.
In 2011, I completed a program in association with the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver and created the website The Delicious Cook, which is my way of sharing with you a passion for making and eating delicious food. Its foundation is rooted in my experiences and adventures, and I am incredibly excited to share it with you through my culinary services and website!