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Biography

I am a proud New York native, having lived in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island, and now Westchester. I’m an alum of Rutgers University and of French Culinary Institute (now ICC). I worked the pastry line in some of NYC’s finest restaurants, but I always wanted my own business. I took the leap with Penny Lick in 2013 and haven’t looked back. In my spare time, I volunteer with the NYC public school system, my local village, and my local Rotary. My entirely too patient husband and I are raising our three children in Hastings. They... READ MORE

I am a proud New York native, having lived in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island, and now Westchester. I’m an alum of Rutgers University and of French Culinary Institute (now ICC). I worked the pastry line in some of NYC’s finest restaurants, but I always wanted my own business. I took the leap with Penny Lick in 2013 and haven’t looked back. In my spare time, I volunteer with the NYC public school system, my local village, and my local Rotary. My entirely too patient husband and I are raising our three children in Hastings. They are eating all our profits.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? I have to say Barbetta, because my great grandparents celebrated their wedding there, and my grandparents were engaged there. And I celebrated my engagement there. Also I cheer for any restaurant that has lasted this long in NYC. What is your ultimate meal? My ultimate meal is a really simple one: my great grandmother's risotto. She used porcini picked by our family in the Alps and three different stocks. I try hard to replicate this dish, and I can't even come close. What three things are always in your pantry? High fat butter from grass fed cows, dried porcini, and sesame oil. If you weren't a chef, what would you be? A teacher. I value that profession highly. I am grateful every day for my children's teachers. If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? Alive or dead? Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright. I watched them all the time on PBS when I was little.