I was born in Trinidad, a small island in the West Indies. I arrived in the United States with my family when I was 6 years old. Food has always been an important part of my family’s life. My father and aunts are excellent cooks. Food was and still is, the center of all gatherings. I started cooking when I was young and loved to experiment.
I’ve always been interested in different people and their foods. So, I read about their cultures and how food is incorporated. Time Life Books had a series called Foods of the World. These books talked about people and their foods from around the world. Besides these books, I learned through people, eating and cooking. So, while Trinidadian food, which is a combination of Indian, African, Syrian and Chinese, is the first foods I learned to cook, my food has transformed into a combination of Mediterranean, Asian, Middle Eastern and Caribbean cuisines, cultures and techniques. I use fresh ingredients as much as possible and give substitutes in my recipes whenever possible. Herbs, spices, oils, vinegars and citrus are used to brighten my foods.
My first “real” cooking job was with Chef Jody Adams. She opened the doors to Mediterranean foods. After that I opened a sandwich shoppe and received accolades from the press in Boston. Since closing the shoppe’s doors, I have worked in a hotel, as a restaurant consultant, caterer, mother and wife.