My very favorite kitchen utensil is........ either my go-to 5-inch Cuisinart knife that I use for nearly everything or my trusty wooden spatula that I've had for years. Between them, I can make many good meals!
My inspiration to be in the culinary field started..... with my family's cooking traditions and my very own copy of Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls that I got when I was 7. It's the first and only cookbook I totally "cooked through." I cherish still having it, although my cookbook collection has grown exponentially since then.
My favorite thing about being a culinarian in the DC area is............ the diversity, innovation, openness and talent of the food community. New places, new tastes are coming our way constantly. As challenging as it is to keep up, it's also fun and such a delicious, place to live.
If I were a wine, I'd be Prosecco because then my grapes would have spent wonderful time soaking up the Italian sun, and my bubbles would bring smiles to those who enjoy me.
The legacy I want to leave as my mark in the culinary world is........ that I helped people feel the creativity and love of being in the kitchen as well as encouraged connections to personal identity, family, friends, history and culture through food. I want to know that I helped people remember the past and build new traditions by coming together over food.