What’s the best cooking tip you’ve ever been given?
Always enjoy yourself in the kitchen. Do not make it difficult. And always pour your heart into it!
What sparked you interest in the culinary arts?
I honestly can’t remember. Ever since I was young, I enjoyed
watching my mom in the kitchen and seeing the joy cooking gave her. It
made my heart feel good as well. I truly think my interest was always
How important are fresh ingredients to the success of a meal?
Freshness sharpens the taste. If your food is fresh, you don’t
need to add much to it. Simplicity is the beauty of life—and cooking.
What are some of the most common mistakes made in the kitchen?
Over-thinking things. Cook what
makes you comfortable—and then add to that. Always taste your food
while cooking it. This will help you and others enjoy your dish that
much more! Timing is the key to preparing a meal—having it all come
together at the same time.
What’s your favorite seafood dish?
When I was younger, my family traveled to Zihuatanejo, Mexico
every year. There was this little restaurant on the beach named “La
Perla” that served the best huachinago (red snapper, from the Spanish).
It was our first meal when we arrived, and the family favorite—and it
still is. The red snapper is cooked on the grill and served with corn
tortillas, fresh pico de gallo, garlic, lime, avocado and jalapeno.
Again, simplicity is the key!