Certified Nutrition Specialist.
I was raised in a family where food meant gathering, togetherness and sharing delicious meals. Growing up, dad was always chopping, seasoning or preparing. Mom satisfied my mind and palate with techniques and fun ideas in the kitchen. I have a passion for flavor, texture, color and simplicity.
I think there’s a romantic relationship between food and it’s source - where it came from, who grew it, the health of the soil, and ultimately its ability to give us life and sustained energy.
I traveled abroad for a two years learning about organic farming, permaculture and how to live off the grid.
Those years gave me inspiration and insight into my personal health and wellbeing.
It helped pave the way for where I am today.
During that time I struggled terribly with cystic acne. I dove deeper into nutrition to continue learning the effects food has on the skin. Through the voyage of endless experiments, food eliminations and hours of study I’ve come to learn that the health of the skin is directly related to the health of the gut.
This amplified my love for whole foods and their innate power to help heal the body.
My food journey led me to study Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts at the
South West Institute of Healing Arts, in Phoenix, AZ.
I believe food is medicine and it has the capacity to transform the body and mind.
My goal is to guide you in the kitchen and provide useful knowledge on what to eat.
I understand food is not a one size fits all equation, but I do believe there's a way to find foods that personally work for you and your constitution.
My family and I live in NYC. I work as a Personal Health Chef, Nutrition Specialist and Wellness Coach.
We also live part-time on our organic farm in upstate New York.
I am currently expecting my second baby in early June.
I am beyond excited to bring you Jess Appétit, an interactive weekly cooking class.
We had an amazing Winter session, more classes will resume in the Summer / Fall.
I genuinely look forward to connecting,