I developed a curious trust for the gardener a la extraordinaire at the Culinary, Andrea Sramek. She has patches of land cultivated with amazingly diverse species of edible plants. I could look up a plant and then make sure that it’s edible before I take a bite, however, the discovery of something completely unexpected is so unique, so irreplicable, so finite, and so irresistible that I go all in to take that first bite more often than not. This is how I met stevia. You know those $6 kale smoothies you get at the juice bar, yea now throw a leaf of stevia in there instead if a quarter cup of sugar. That’s more than you need — also good morning! #stevia #stickittothesugarlobby #smoothie #gardening #proud2bcia #juice (at The Culinary Institute of America) High-res

I developed a curious trust for the gardener a la extraordinaire at the Culinary, Andrea Sramek. She has patches of land cultivated with amazingly diverse species of edible plants. I could look up a plant and then make sure that it’s edible before I take a bite, however, the discovery of something completely unexpected is so unique, so irreplicable, so finite, and so irresistible that I go all in to take that first bite more often than not. This is how I met stevia. You know those $6 kale smoothies you get at the juice bar, yea now throw a leaf of stevia in there instead if a quarter cup of sugar. That’s more than you need — also good morning! #stevia #stickittothesugarlobby #smoothie #gardening #proud2bcia #juice (at The Culinary Institute of America)

I shared with you the different iterations of the burger recipe I was developing for a contest! Well, I won the contest and this is the award winning burger! Slice, roast, smoke, chop, incorporate, grill, rest, eat! Thanks to #themushroomcouncil and the consulting department at the CIA for putting this together. Special thanks to my team at the @ciatestkitchen for the taste tests, the feedback and the moral support! #winner #burger #umami #umamibomb #mushroom #competition #americancuisine #gastropub #pubfare #sliders #grill #proud2bcia (at The Culinary Institute of America)