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I've been cooking since age 12 and catered for my first party at 14. My Dad studied with James Beard and made me his helper, he loved telling people how I once washed lettuce with hot water. Food is my art, and I feel lucky to have a job I love, creating meals that make people feel happy and nurtured is beyond rewarding. 

I attended the French Culinary Institute in NYC. My first job was at Brooklyn's legendary restaurant Gage and Tollner working for Chef Edna Lewis, she was doing farm-to-table back in 1989 before it was "a thing". I went on to work for Chef Brendan Walsh of Arizona 206 fame, and then Steven Levine from the incredible Guilted Giraffe. I eventually opened my own restaurant in Brooklyn called New City Cafe, we were rated by Zagat as one of NYC's top 50 cafes; then a second Restaurant called New City Bar and Grill.

I eventually took time off, to work on a farm, and learn more about where food came from. I landed here in the Catskills and I never left. Nothing makes me happier than picking herbs or vegetables from my little farm for clients. I also own and operate Phoenicia honey co, we make infused honey, and natural skin care products and grow flowers.


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