Meals growing up were always a moment to connect. My first memories in the kitchen are of my mother making magic out of simple ingredients for our family. Some hallmark recipes like her sopes and pupusas still rank as some of my favorite dishes. I was raised in Houston, Texas before moving to the North Hill neighborhood in Akron. I studied culinary arts at Stark State College where I currently serve as a culinary arts instructor. The memories of cooking growing up and the experiences I’ve gathered from over a decade in the restaurant industry are what I bring together and make shine on the plates I create.