Hey there, I’m Nat! There are two parts to this story.
Since I was a child, cooking has maintained my family bond and connection to my Mexican heritage. I can’t remember a time when merienda wasn’t a thing for my sister and I, and meals from scratch weren’t a staple of everyday life in our home. I have fond memories of countless hours mirroring my mother in the kitchen, watching my father grill a week’s worth of meat on the balcony, devouring my grandmother’s chili beans and gorditas, and chowing down on my grandfather’s chicharones. Food is love in our family, and that love instills a passion that has always stayed with me.
In the three years from graduating LMU with a business degree, I just couldn’t let go of this feeling that something was missing. Frustrated, I finally enrolled in a part-time culinary program at the New School of Cooking in Culver City. I was invigorated, I was challenged, and more importantly, I was happy.
I’m a scaredy cat. I dream twice a month about giant tsunamis, and am obsessed with the next “big” earthquake. If I had the money to build a doomsday safe house in a remote location in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, it would be a thing already.
Where fear intersects with passion comes “Don’t be Chicken”. I figured there has to be a way to get myself out of my anxiety driven world and into where my passion and happiness live. If I can connect to the real me through food, I will empower myself to face “Scaredy Cat Nat”.
So I hope you enjoy this ride with me! Let’s go meet new people and be inspired by them. Let’s explore in the kitchen and not be afraid to test new recipes. Let’s go swimming in the ocean and not be on the lookout for a tsunami… with zombies.