1. What is your favorite tool in the kitchen and why?
My favorite kitchen tool is my vita mix. On average I use it anywhere from 2-8 times a day. I do everything in it: smoothies, soups, desserts, salad dressings, nut milk, sauces, etc. I also use it to grind nuts, flax, & oat groats, and sometimes I like to use it as a juicer by blending my fruits or veggies and then straining them through a nut milk bag.
2. What’s in your pantry?
I always keep the following staples well stocked in my pantry: medjool dates, himalayan salt, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, cinnamon, mulberries, chia seed, shredded coconut, coconut oil, various spices, kelp noodles, cacao nibs/powder/butter, carob powder, lucuma, maca, fresh nutmeg, tahini, goji berries, and an assortment of nuts/seeds.
3. What’s your favorite meal comprised of?
My favourite sweet meal is raw vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate and caramel sauces, cacao nibs, buckwheat, banana, and mulberries. My favorite savory meal is a big salad with greens, veggies, seaweed, and my raw caesar dressing.
4. Who are some of your favorite chefs and why?
Some of my favorite chefs are: Jamie Oliver for teaching people about the benefits of whole foods and how to make it delicious. Matthew Kenney and Russell James for creating amazing and beautiful raw vegan food that would please anyone on any diet. Giada Delaurentiis who makes cooking look easy, yet glamorous on her tv show, Giada At Home.
5. What advice can you offer to a beginning chef?
- Use fresh, high quality ingredients
- Invest in quality tools like a good chef’s knife, a vita mix, and food processor.
- Experiment in the kitchen – play around with a recipe and don’t be afraid to make a mistake.
- Always always always taste your food as you’re making it.
- Watch food shows and read food magazines/books to get ideas.