Senses are powerful, and when I found honing in on them could change the way I cooked, I couldn’t help but begin to experiment. I cooked meals over and over again, mentally taking note of the colors, sounds and smells that produced perfection in the form of food. The difference between good and holy-sh*t-lick-this-off-my-plate good were things as simple as knowing how the golden color of ciabatta, if left in the oven for just 30 additional seconds, guaranteed superior taste.
I grew up watching my mother cook Indian dishes using a variety of techniques – her steady hand circling dosa into a perfectly symmetrical circle, or her careful fingers rolling chapatis to the most perfect thickness for optimal curry scooping. Yes, she used her senses, but the most important lesson I would learn from her was the power of intuition. To this day, my mother does not use a cookbook or measuring cups. What she creates comes from within, a spiritual and unwavering connection to her craft. I soon learned the kitchen is not just a place to fill a void; it is a place that requires skill, along with a vast imagination.
Just as it was for my mother, the kitchen soon became a sacred space. I used cooking as an outlet to relax my soul, a way to channel my inner creativity and display it on a plate. Even though it was my true passion, I never thought it would be my career.
Fast forward 20 years. After attending The University of Kansas and earning my bachelor’s degree, I felt incomplete. It was then, along with a few nudges from my husband soon after, I realized I needed to turn my dream into a reality. I enrolled in the highly ranked culinary program through JCCC and have not looked back since.
I gained years of kitchen experience while working as a line cook and pastry chef in various restaurants around Kansas City.
My story is about sense and intuition – two opposite forces, but when combined create satisfaction and endless opportunities. Food is more than just fuel. From private dinners to meal prep, let me provide indulgence through fresh and unique ingredients to satisfy your palette and your soul.