Born in Appleton, Wisconsin
Began cooking for the family as a child with ingredients from the garden.
Moved to Portland, Oregon in 1998
- Berbati’s Pan (SW Portland)
- Chez What – working under Chef/Owner Keri Salim
- Castagna – working under Chefs Kevin Gibson ( Evoe), Elias Cairo (Olympic Provisions) and Nate Tilden (Clyde Commons)
- Gravy – working under Chef Mark Grecco
Executive Chef at the Farm Café since 2005.
“Fresh is best and freshness is only achievable through direct farmer relationships. There is no need to over manipulate the flavor of a vegetable that’s been grown with love and care.”
“Food from any one region can be made using the ingredients at hand and that ‘cultural’ cuisine is universally appreciated.”