When did you start cooking?
“I was about 10, with my grandma. She passed away but she was an old Italian who raised me and taught me how to cook. We spent a lot of time in her kitchen.”
What was your favorite thing to cook with her?
“Probably spaghetti. She made it with an old wine that she got from Italy and fresh tomatoes, and she would make her own pasta from scratch”.
Do you have kids? Do you cook with them?
Yes! My daughter just started high school this year and is taking cooking classes. She wants to be a cook. My son loves helping me in the kitchen too. My littlest likes to sit on the counter and mix stuff in a bowl for us.
What do you like best about working at SNJ as opposed to a more formal restaurant?
I enjoy seeing the kids enjoying our food. I like the atmosphere; it’s really uplifting. I like seeing the kids having a good time. Food is really important because they go outside all day and then come in for meals and I like that they enjoy the food.
What is your favorite type of food to cook?
I love cooking Asian Fusion. I don’t get to do it much here but I do at home. I think some of my favorite things to cook here at SNJ are the vegetarian and vegan meals because I get to explore cooking new things.
Do you have a favorite celebrity chef?
If I had to pick one it would be Emeril Lagasse, I like how he’s really upbeat in the kitchen and his style and flair. He uses a lot of spices in his cooking.