Genesee Valley Club
Where are you from?
I live in Greece now but originally from Export, PA (near Pittsburgh)
Have you always been a chef? If not, what else have you done?
Yes, for 26 years.
What was your introduction to cooking/baking?
When I was young, I always liked to cook, bake and make things for my family. My parents were both stellar cooks. Mom indoors and Dad was a great outdoor cook.
Where and how did you train?
I went to Westmoreland Country Community College and got my associates degree in Baking and Pastry. I have also taken some Sugar and Gelato continuing education classes
Do you like cooking at home or prefer someone else to do it?
I like cooking at home but don’t do much baking. My husband is a great cook and takes care of the family a lot of evenings while I am at work.
What is your favorite thing to bake?
I like to bake pies with fresh seasonal fruit and also love to make Ice creams and sorbets.
Is there a chef you admire the most? Who and why?
My Executive Chef Ilhan Erkek, he has a wonderful attitude, patient and is a pleasure to work with.
What is your favorite food?
Potatoes…salty, cheesy, crunchy browned potatoes.
When it comes to working and creativity, are you an early bird or a night owl?
Definitely a night owl, the alarm clock and I don’t get along very well and thank goodness for espresso.