I got serious about cooking when I was in my late teens/early twenties. However, my passion for food began as a kid when I would watch my mother and grandmother cook and bake for our family.
I got hooked on HELL’S KITCHEN the first season it was on the air and thought to myself "How hard can this be?” When the opportunity presented itself to audition for the show, I had to jump on it immediately.
My favorite experience on HELL’S KITCHEN was when I was complimented on my signature dish by Chef Ramsay! It validated the reason I was put on this show!
Chef Ramsay taught me to stay cool and not to overthink what I was doing. The most valuable lesson was to stay within myself.
My favorite dish to cook is anything that is made with my homemade gravy because it always reminds me of home.
The one surprising secret about my cooking style is that I could grab any leftover in the refrigerator and turn it into a delicious meal.
My advice for an aspiring chef is that you have to work harder than you're expected to work. If you don't learn something new in the kitchen every day then you're wasting your time!