I grew up in Southwestern Kansas, where my love of food was sparked by the traditional Mennonite cuisine that was passed down to me. I moved to Denver to attend Johnson & Wales University for a B.S. in Culinary Nutrition with a concentration on Research & Development. Colorado has been my home ever since.
In 2016, I began working at the Savory Spice Test Kitchen. There, I developed nearly 80 original recipes and adapted countless submissions. Operating as part of the marketing department, I directed in-house photography, styled for hundreds of shots, and even photographed a few. I managed the creation of a new line of meal-specific spice & recipe kits called Spice ‘n Easy’s, from the ideation of unique recipe concepts to launch in nearly 30 locations across the country and a popular ecommerce site.
As a huge America’s Test Kitchen fan, I had the incredible opportunity to intern there during the winter of 2018-2019. I worked closely with the teams that create ATK’s incredible cookbooks as well as the test cooks and editors in charge of every food geek’s fave magazine: Cook’s Illustrated. I mise en placed, maintained the kitchen spaces, and performed recipe tests on a daily basis. I also worked on-set of the Emmy Award-nominated Cook’s Country television show during the filming of its 12th season, setting food and props for each scene. As the final capstone to the internship, my fellow interns and I were invited to develop a muffin recipe and write an article in the style of Cook’s Illustrated—you can check out mine here.
One of my greatest passions is home fermentation and I have had the chance to lead kombucha workshops around Denver, providing class attendees with all of the knowledge and beginner’s equipment that they need to begin brewing their own ‘booch.