Hometown: Wilmington, NC
I learned how to cook standing on a chair in the kitchen with my dad. He schooled me on the art of savory homemade eats and taught me words like fresh sage and bouillabaisse. I have no idea what I learned in my second grade math class, but I will never forget how to shape crab cakes. I don’t ever recall a moment where my parents told me to stop being extraordinary.
My life continued to intersect with cooking, but I was always craving more. One day, I said goodbye to a life of fruitless jobs and announced that I wouldn’t spend another minute in an unfulfilling occupation. So, I got my Fanny in the kitchen and became CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of Fanfare Catering, and I’m a food writer in my eclectic riverfront town -- Wilmington, North Carolina.