I was placed in foster care at the age of eight. After a year in foster care I was adopted by a abusive women. After years of abuse, I decided to leave and was awarded to the State of New York City. For many years, I was placed in different group homes and at times I was homeless and had to learn how to survive. Part of my survival was learning how to cook for myself with limited ingredients and resources. My survival created my passion for cooking. I promised myself that as long as I knew how to cook I would never go hungry again. This ignited my desire to learn textures of food, flavors of food, how to create flavor fusions and food maintenance. Learning this information was not enough, I had to give back so that others were empowered and could also survive in similar circumstances. In 1998 I enhanced my culinary knowledge by attending culinary school at Johnson & Wales University.
I spent 18 years cooking in fine dining restaurants and upscale communities. I turned my attention to redefining nutrition through understanding herbs and their healing benefits on the body. I obtained my certification in Holistic Nutrition from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Holistic Health Coach certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
My goal is to share my story, my struggle, and my survival to help people make healthier choices towards a FRESH START.