My love for food began when I was a child growing up in Hawaii. There were just so many wonderful cultures there, each with their own culinary influences and I became accustomed to a wide variety of tastes and smells, each one unique and delicious.
I started baking when I was about 12 years old and haven't stopped since. However, I didn't learn to actually cook until I was about 18 and in college. At that point, I had had enough of dorm food and was more desirous to cook than ever before. Each week, my friends and I would try a new recipe from my mom's collection and, little by little, I began building up my repertoire of dishes. Over the years, I've continued to try new recipes and techniques and hope that I never stop learning, never stop growing.
I'm happiest when I can bake and cook for my family. Nothing pleases me more than to see the smiles on their faces and see them reach for another piece of my creation. That is life at its best.