“The most important ingredient is love”
Hello! My name is Jessica and I grew up in the bustling cities of the San Francisco Bay Area. With Northern California being a melting pot of various cultures and cuisines, my curiosity and appreciation for food was embraced.
My fondest memories consisted of weekend visits to Oakland Chinatown with family to shop for fresh vegetables, roasted meats for dinner, and special pink bakery boxes loaded with Chinese sweets. From a very young age I noticed how food was able to gather people together and create bonds – I knew that food would have a very important role in my life.
My passion for food led me to study Food Science for my bachelors and masters degree in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California. During my studies I learned about food technology and how food is delivered from “farm to fork”, putting the focus on providing safe and wholesome food and understanding the consumer.
I then pursued a career in nutrition product development, currently I am a Research Scientist developing healthy food, beverage and children’s products for people around the world.
With the hunger to still learn about different aspects of food, I studied Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of Orange County, in Santa Ana California. In culinary school, I learned how to combine my food science knowledge with the products I produced in each class.
I was finally able to demystify some of my fears in cooking and learned how to create some of my favorite foods. I loved the challenge in creating eye catching dishes, while maintaining the quality of the product and balancing flavors. Not every dish was a success, but each lesson enabled me to grow in my understanding of food.
Now as a Certified Culinary Scientist, I enjoy developing recipes in my home test kitchen where I am able to infuse food science knowledge in every recipe created.
- The Art Institute – Orange County (AS, Culinary Arts)
- California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo (MS, Agriculture)
- California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo (BS, Food Science)