I grew up in France, the Soviet Union and Portugal where my father was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press. I graduated from Haverford College in 1987 with a degree in English Literature. I started cooking in 1988 and attended Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now the Institute of Culinary Education) in 1990. While in New York, I worked in several top restaurant including China Grill (owned by Jeffrey Chodorow of The Restaurant fame) and Metro with Patrick Clark. I moved to San Francisco in 1991, where I worked at Bix, Roti, Enrico’s, Hawthorne Lane, La Folie, and the Grand Café, a $6 million grossing juggernaut where I designed the brunch, breakfast and café menus. In 1992-93, I took a break and worked in Paris as a poissonier (fish cook) under Guy Savoy at Bistrot de l’Etoile Niel and as a pastry assistant at Le Grenadin. In 1999, I was recruited to run the kitchen at Primitivo, a wine restaurant which was named Best Fine Dining Restaurant two years in a row by the Colorado Springs Gazette. I am also proud to say we won the DiRona award and Wine Spectator Best of Award.
On March 11, 2008 I was honored, for the second time, to prepare a meal at the James Beard House in New York City. As part of a "Gems of Denver" dinner at the Beard house I, along with Yasmin and 4 other chefs made Denver proud!