“Who Am I?”
Hi. My name is Kati. It took me 25 years, one undergraduate degree and one master’s degree to realize that I didn’t want to be a chef; I just wanted to enjoy my food. Regardless of the fact that none of my education was done at a culinary school, I constantly dreamed of being a professional chef. I would get excited about a new whisk, cook a soufflé because I had time on my hands, and collect cook books like they were going out of style. I have consistently used food to show people I love them and some of my closest friends were acquired over drinks and some sort of culinary antics. I have always believed that eating should be an experience and I aim to make it one.
“Where Am I From?”
This question has always been a weird one to answer. I was born in the Philippines, have lived all over the United States, and my family lives in Southern California. Regardless of all of this, and the fact that I only lived there for a few years, I call San Francisco my home. From my local grocer that invited me to his wedding in Greece, to the weekly farmers market, I found my love for experiencing food in San Francisco.
“What Do I Do Now?”
Even though I no longer live in the Bay Area, my love for food has not dwindled. When I am not traveling, I am at home exploring the local culinary community. I love to visit local farms and farmers markets, check out local restaurants and/or bars, grow my own vegetables and herbs, and be the personal chef and bartender to my friends. Also, in an effort to not become Jabba the Hutt, I train for long distance runs.
“What Do I Eat?”
Regardless of my love for all food, I recently found out that all of it does not love me back. More specifically, I cannot eat gluten. Rather than sit in the corner and mourn the loss of my beloved breads and pastas, I decided that my life must go on. Ever since then I have dove head first into many forms of cooking in order to make sure that my eating experience, as well as the experience of those that eat what I cook, are not damaged.
So there you have it. Me in a four-question nutshell. I am no Thomas Keller or Jeffrey Steingarten but I love to experience my food. I hope you enjoy.
Always feel free to email me at krodzon -at- spaghettimemoirs -dot- com