Hello and welcome! My name is Jessica and I’m a Certified Food Scientist and Certified Culinary Scientist. I’m also a culinary school graduate, and a teacher at heart. I love nothing more than unraveling the science behind better, healthier cooking and sharing that know-how with my readers.
A little background:
I grew up in the bustling cities of the San Francisco Bay Area. Northern California is a melting pot of various cultures and cuisines, and my curiosity and appreciation for food were embraced.
My fondest memories consisted of weekend visits to Oakland Chinatown with family to shop for fresh vegetables, roasted meats, and special pink bakery boxes loaded with Chinese sweets. From a very young age, I noticed how food was able to bring people together and create bonds – I knew that food would have a very important role in my life.
My passion 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 Senior 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. 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 properly prepare some of my favorite foods. I love the challenge of creating eye-catching dishes while maintaining the quality of the product and balancing flavors. Not every dish is a success, but each lesson enables 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)
- Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking (cookbook)
Jessica Gavin Scholarship Program
You read that right! I’ve been fortunate in my career to have been mentored by some incredible professors and now I want to pay it forward. My passion for Food Science has led me to the creation of the Jessica Gavin Scholarship Program. Supporting the future professionals of our industry is one of my greatest rewards. I encourage all currently active college students to apply! Click the link to learn more.
I live in Orange County, California, with my husband Jason and two kids James and Olivia. When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m likely on the hunt for the world’s best, most buttery croissant. Healthy may be the norm in my house, but who doesn’t love an exception to the rule!
If you have any questions or comments for me, you can visit my FAQ page or reach out to me using my Contact page. Also, if you’re interested in seeing where my recipes have been featured online, check out my Media Page.
Thanks for visiting!