I’ve always loved to cook. And I knew I had a talent for it when my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies were better than everyone else’s cookies on “bring a cookie to school” day in Mrs. Kassen’s class in Kindergarten.
But I didn’t get serious about cooking until I was 17 and my mom became terribly ill. She had always outdone herself in the kitchen, creating amazing meals for my family, and then suddenly she was too sick to cook. I knew I couldn’t cure her cancer, but I could cook chicken. And so I began making the family meals to fill the void. By the time my mom recovered, I’d kicked her out of her kitchen, and I’d cultivated impressive culinary skills.
I didn’t go to culinary school. Instead I earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University followed by an MBA in Finance and Management from New York University. Eight years into my banking career, the 2008 economic crisis crashed the industry, along with the Forbes-featured real estate project I’d been working on.
There’s something satisfyingly primal about cooking good food. Because no matter how unpredictable or devastating life might be, one thing is certain: we’ve all gotta eat. And preferably – well.
I knew I couldn’t solve the economic crisis. But I could cook chicken. And in fact, cooking has always been the most rewarding work of my life. So I shifted gears, put up my shingle, and started making meals – first for friends, and soon for customers all over the city. By the time the economy had recovered, I’d created my own thriving commercial kitchen, delivering delicious cuisine and helping people achieve their health goals.
It’s my greatest pleasure serving you tasty meals. And hearing your stories about how Portable Chef has helped you lower your cholesterol, lose weight, or create more quality time to be with your family.
Life is full of surprises. So let me add this morsel of certainty: whatever your special dietary needs, Portable Chef will nourish you with phenomenally good food, prepared by people who care.