“The most important ingredient is love”
Jessica grew up in the bustling cities of the San Francisco Bay Area. With Northern California being a melting pot of various cultures and cuisines, her curiosity and appreciation for food was embraced.
Her fondest memories consisted of weekend visits to Oakland Chinatown with her family to shop for fresh vegetables, roasted meats for dinner, and special pink bakery boxes loaded with Chinese sweets. From a very young age, Jessica noticed how food was able to gather people together and create bonds – she knew that food would have a very important role in her life.
Jessica’s passion for food led her to study Food Science for her bachelors and masters degree in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California. During her studies she 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.
She then pursued a career in nutrition product development, where she is currently 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, Jessica studied Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of Orange County, in Santa Ana California. In culinary school, she learned how to combine her food science knowledge with the products she produced in each class.
She was finally able to demystify some of her fears in cooking and learned how to create some of her favorite foods. She loved the challenge in creating eye catching dishes, while maintaining the quality of her product and balancing flavors. Not every dish was a success, but each lesson enabled her to grow in her understanding of food.
Now as a Certified Culinary Scientist, Jessica enjoys developing recipes in her home test kitchen where she is 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)