What do you do for work?
I’m a chef, a food entrepreneur, and a women’s rights advocate. I believe that wholesome cooking and traditional wisdom combined with technology will be the key to living a happy and healthy life in the future. Basically, I work at the crossroad of technology and traditional wisdom in the food world and I’m developing a storytelling concept that focuses on preserving the use of wholesome ingredients, time-honored practices, women’s intuition, recipes, and food preparation that can be applied to AI and machine learning.
I’m also the co-founder of The Secret Ingredient Girls, an online shop where I share my passion for good ingredients, cooking, and women wellness. Our goal at TSIG is to empower women in the kitchen and in the bedroom. We launched the shop from our kitchens with a few gorgeous ingredients, but our pantry is growing, and we are developing our very own line of products. We just launched Coconut X Oil, a natural edible lube and massage oil, because we think nasty belongs in between the sheets, not in our ingredients.
Last great book you read?
I’m a bookworm. I read anything I can get my hands on. Old and new books, articles; and I must confess—the back of product labels with a long list of ingredients fascinates me. I just dove into Dr. Eric Topol’s Deep Medicine, a book about how artificial intelligence can make healthcare human again. I’m also always browsing through all sorts of cookbooks. I’m interested in exploring recipes and ingredients that have been used for generations to feed and cure us. I believe we need to get back into the kitchen and take control of our own health and bodies by cooking more at home and by using sustainable natural ingredients in our food and in our healing remedies.
Greatest new discovery?
Frankly, that I’m not alone in my menopause travels.
That’s why I love WWVWD! I find reading the threads and stories inspiring and comforting. It’s time for women to truly take charge of their own sexuality and stop being ashamed about sharing their problems and worries out loud. I’m often on the Metro-North coming to the city and I have to stare at those erectile dysfunction ads for Viagra, the ones with the sad-eyed man looking into space, and yet I’m still waiting to be allowed to post ads about menopause and women’s sexual health on trains.
Tell us something surprising about yourself.
I’m a Chopped Champion on Food Network and you can see me compete against Bobby Flay in other cooking shows. I think it’s hilarious that a 50-year-old woman can kick ass in food competitions on TV.
Stinky cheese and wine. A midday nap with my husband.
Worst dating story?
I was once set up on a horrible blind date in NYC. The guy talked nonstop about his ex, his divorce, and how he missed his married life. Then he cried at the table, sobbing. I excused myself, and I literally escaped from the bathroom window of the restaurant. I still feel a little guilty about bailing on the guy, but not really.