Share your talents, background and expertise.Born in Texas and raised in North Carolina, I’ve been surrounded by amazing barbecue my entire life. A two-year stay in Paris as a young girl helped birth a personal appreciation of classic preparation and technique. After graduating from college, I worked as an event planner before deciding to follow my culinary passion and attend Johnson and Wales University. Before heading into the kitchen, I departed on a year-long adventure, traveling through Southeast Asia and Europe, avidly seeking out local food, flavors, and spices, and taking cooking lessons in Istanbul, Italy, Indonesia, and several other locales. I believe that great food begins with the smallest building block of each component: the raw uncooked ingredient. With fresh, quality ingredients as a foundation, techniques both simple and sophisticated can be highlighted .