Taste has always been important to me. My mom can probably tell you stories about how I always asked for ‘tasty’ foods as a child. My true passion comes from watching my dad cook, we share a common love for food, stories and deep conversation. It is the gifts that my parents encouraged that have led me here.
I started working in the food industry about 11 years ago teaching cooking classes to children and teens, assisting for catered events, and adult classes in a community-based kitchen in Mississauga, Ontario.
As I went on to travel, I found a magical place called Mana Retreat Centre in Coromandel, NZ. I had the privilege of working with some amazing cooks and chefs that have taught, led and inspired me to create Cheeky Monkey.
I'm based on Denman Island and I service all the Gulf Islands of this beautiful, British Columbia.
My vision for Cheeky Monkey is to create food that is healing, appealing and nourishing for all bodies. I love buying local produce from markets in BC that support medium to small scale farms.
I am passionate about putting conscious loving energy into the food I prepare. I enjoy working with seasonal produce, and incorporating colors, textures and different flavor profiles in my dishes.