I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and was exposed at a young age to Greek cuisine by my Mother, Grandmother and Aunt. Early in my adult life I worked in Retail Management, which later evolved into a career in Human Resources. Last year, with the support of my husband, I decided to make a major life and career change, from being a Human Resource executive, to a chef. One of my passions throughout my life has been cooking. I have always enjoyed cooking for family and friends, even from a young age. After I met, and later married my husband, I began to really appreciate Italian cuisine. Spending time in Abruzzo was that much more special, because his maternal family comes from a small town near Aquila.
I returned to New York in late March, to graduate at the beginning of April. After graduation I am going to embark on starting my own business - creating private Italian dinner parties in homes, and producing my own line of pre-made soups and pastas. I currently live in Port Chester, NY with my husband Larry, and step-daughter Elinor.