Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. My mom is a wonderful cook and when I was growing up, she taught me not to order anything from a restaurant that I felt I could make at home. I do love that rule at times, but since I've begun doing marketing for restaurants, I also love the idea of making restaurant-quality recipes accessible to everyone. I want people to love dining in and out as much as I do, and I feel so lucky to have made a career out of it. Going against that rule of my mother's has sparked ideas like encouraging our chefs to make some tried-and-true favorites (like the goat cheese balls at Ecco) available to anyone who wants to give them a shot at home.
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What's your least favorite kitchen task? Some of my most serious fights with my boyfriend are over who will clean our griddle, crockpot, or spiralizer.
Your favorite kitchen tool? A glass of pinot noir.
What is your idea of comfort food? I believe a perfectly-executed cheeseburger can cure just about anything. Fries and a loaded baked potato don't hurt either.
What is your greatest kitchen disaster? I'm incredibly clumsy and accident-prone, which makes for a lot of kitchen disaster stories. However, the two-inch scar on my hand would insist that the greatest is when I tried to pull some toast out of the oven with my bare hands. I think I got four pairs of oven mitts for the Christmas after that one.
First photo by Bobbi Lin, third photo by Ashley Rodriguez, all others by James Ransom