I did not grow up clinging to my mother's apron strings or learning family recipes from my grandmother in the kitchen. In fact, my parents used to joke that I better marry a man who could cook so that I wouldn't starve! Culinary school wasn't my destiny - film school was. And then lo and behold, my first job out of college was working for Martha Stewart's TV show. And SHE taught me how to cook. From Martha Stewart's own kitchen to the kitchens we traveled to around the world, I had a front row seat to watching some of our generation's brightest culinary minds at work - chefs like Grant Achatz, Daniel Boulud, David Chang, and Dan Barber. After 6 years with Martha's company, I continued my education at ABC's The Chew for the run of the show, while taking classes at the CIA and ICE to fill in the gaps. I love how food can break barriers and bring people together. I'm excited to use what I've learned to connect and bring people together at my table!