“MY PASSION FOR SUSTAINABILITY, DEVOTION TO COOKING WITH SOUL and exploration of REGIONAL CUISINEs inspire everything i do.”
I'm a third generation chef, cookbook author, sustainable food advocate and proud alumnus of The Culinary Institute of America. After spending most of my life on the East Coast—Raleigh, New York, Boston—I moved to LA in 2014. I've built a life for myself in Downtown Los Angeles where I’m the Executive Chef / Co-Owner of Preux & Proper and South City Fried Chicken, Locals leader for Chefs Collaborative LA and member of Seafood Watch's Blue Ribbon Task Force.
I believe that chefs have a great responsibility to the people we feed and the environment from which we source our food. Sustainability has been the guiding light throughout my career. It's given my life's work great purpose and continues to keep me challenged. It's allowed me to continue learning from great chefs, professors, scientists, farmers and fisherman, while working with world class organizations.
My cooking has received acknowledgment and acclaim from great American food institutions, including James Beard Foundation, Eater, American Culinary Federation and Zagat. I’ve thrown down on Food Network competitions, hosted cooking segments on networks from Hallmark to Viceland, and been featured on several Travel Channel programs. I’ve been fortunate to cook for some of my idols, including Jane Goodall, Mary J Blidge and Susan Sarandon. My journey as a chef has been one hell of a ride–but my humble beginnings are what have brought me this far.