"There is something about the outside of a horse, that is good for the inside of a man" - Sir Winston Churchill
I have been riding and caring for horses since my parents put me on a pony at 3 years old. Horses teach responsibility, compassion, perseverance, and appreciation, and I would not be the clinician I am today without all that I continue to learn from them each and every day.
I got into cooking because I realized that if I was going to work with people on what they were eating, I needed to understand how to prepare things and ensure they tasted good. My first dinner party was Christmas dinner, and it occurred one month after starting my culinary education at Johnson & Wales. Obviously, I had no idea what I was doing yet and I picked the hardest thing to make for a beginner, Roast Duck. My brother and I legitimately used every pot and pan in the house and the cartoon-like image of all the dirty dishes piled up in the sink still makes me chuckle. Luckily, I have learned a lot about cuisine, cooking and cleaning since then which makes putting on dinner parties much easier to digest!
I love all things about traveling! Traveling for work, traveling for adventure, traveling for wine or friends or horses, I never say no to 'do you want to go to....' Everywhere I go, I find something that really sticks with me, something that I can bring home and utilize when working with clients. Whether its a new ingredient, a new style of cooking, a healthy living tip; all of that knowledge gained when I am out of my comfort zone is useful when trying to enrich other people's lives.