The Pro Chef Challenge

I have been cooking since I was 5 years old, constantly challenging myself to try something new or unexpected. I have learned to prepare an enormous variety of dishes from sourdough bread to gelato and sashimi to soufflé. To work in a real restaurant kitchen, however, I must go beyond simple preparation of dishes and master a much more challenging art.

Pro Chef Reading List

Reading is much a part of the learning process as the practical elements. Here I will list some books used in the Pro Chef Challenge. If you have any suggestions for good books, please let me know by leaving a comment! Recommended books Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson Bolognese Cooking Heritage by Barbara Bertuzzi…

My Journey as a Kitchen Ninja

The first person to refer to me as The Kitchen Ninja was a young, self-made piercing artist and fellow fire arts performer. At the time, I was 19 years old, trained bujinkan ninjutsu and lived in an apartment with very high shelves. To reach ingredients and utensils, I would clamber around the kitchen like a…

Adventures in Make-up and Special effects

My makeup skills are entirely self-taught through reading books, watching demos, experimentation, internships and diligent visits to the International Makeup Artist Tradeshow. Knowing this art has helped me find jobs in the most unexpected of places.