Born and raise in Port Graham, AK. It is a small village on the tip of the Kenai Peninsula with a population around 140 people. I've grown up with a love of good food, as that is how we socialize, especially local Native food which is of course heavy on the seafood side. When I was younger I would make cookies with my Emaa (grandma in Sug'stun our language), our favorite being Peppermint Snowballs, and the occasional jell-o or pudding. I outgrew baking for awhile and eventually meandered my way back via my mom teaching me how to cook simple dishes for lunch or dinner when I was 12. Then I virtually exploded into the food scene by taking a Foods class in high school to fill in some credit hours. Slowly expanding my repertoire through cookies, cheesecakes, and bread. When I moved to California for college in 2007 I was opened up to the lovely world of fresh fruits, veggies, farmer's markets, and a wider variety of ingredients I fine tuned my skills into being able to conquer anything in front of me. Wondering culinary escapades through Indian, Asian, and Mediterranean foods, mousses, souffles, caramels, pastries and ice cream.