My journey with food has been a strange one. Growing up with a mom and aunts who were fabulous cooks, I rarely found myself in the kitchen except to steal bites before the plates made it to the table. Why bother? If someone else did an amazing job of it, I’d just be in the way.
Being an interested, curious eater makes you a better cook. When it comes to being an adaptive and creative force in your own kitchen, letting your palate guide you can only lead you to delicious places.
My first job out of college as an assistant was not what I expected. I found myself answering telephone calls and working with excel sheets rather than doing anything creative. My mom could see me struggling. I needed an outlet, and by this point I had started baking my frustrations into delicious carbohydrates. “Well,” she said one day, “You love writing, and eating food, so why not start a food blog?” My mom has a pretty spotless track record when it comes to advice-giving, so, even though this idea had never occurred to me, off I went for three months of soul-searching and plotting. All I knew was that I wanted the blog to be completely original: my own recipes documented by my own photography. Once I got the hang of blogging, I was able to quit my job and start working as a food stylist. Food styling led to food photography, which led to directing and editing food videos, and the rest is history. I now have my blog The Kitchy Kitchen, a YouTube series called 10 Second Living, an upcoming cookbook with Simon & Schuster and work as a television host and commercial director.
Basically, I’m an eater who likes to cook. When I eat, I’m fully engaged, trying to visualize every flavor and pick apart the mysterious tastes in an unfamiliar food. When I see a new ingredient or read a strange recipe, I immediately think of how it would taste, and would I like it? How could I make it taste better? Being an interested, curious eater makes you a better cook. When it comes to being an adaptive and creative force in your own kitchen, letting your palate guide you can only lead you to delicious places.
Ultimately, my hope is that The Kitchy Kitchen, my videos on 10 Second Living, and my upcoming cookbook with Simon & Schuster will make your daily life a little easier, a little more fabulous, and positively delicious. Especially with Thanksgiving coming up, let's all take a deep breath and have some fun in the kitchen!