My passion for food was ignited as I traveled through the Mediterranean. I can recall my shopping adventure in Las Ramblas (Barcelona’s bustling promenade), my drive on the Amalfi coast, and an afternoon picnic in Villefranche by the simple crisp sound of zesting a fresh lemon. I strive to recapture those experiences in every dish I execute and recipe I imagine.
When I first began to cook, I was intimidated by sharp knives and complicated techniques. I would look for inspiration in early morning strolls through a local farmers’ market. An array of sun warmed vegetables and aromas tantalizing memories of my mami’s kitchen, sparked my creativity.
Now I have the privilege of working as a sauté chef at Harmoni Market. I have developed an appreciation for food; preparing, savoring, and sharing it. I reflect on the words Jefe (Chef David Nuss) uttered to me in passing, “This is your peace. Your space from the world,” referring to our six burner gas stove top and double lined open kitchen.
From that I took, find sinful pleasure in the first bite of a summer strawberry, enjoy the sweet juices from a ripe tomato running down your chin, and savor the perfect combination of a simple meal and the ones you want to share it with.
Perhaps at any given moment you might not find this passion or appreciation for food so poetically executed in our open forum. Often it’s chaotic food flipping and plate juggling. However, at a closer glance you’ll witness a carefully choreographed balance of skill, timing, and camaraderie.
I’m continuously grateful for the opportunity I take part in everyday. I am challenged, constantly learning practical and creative skills, and surrounded by people who share my desire. I’m very fortunate to have found a place that holds my perspective on food, and life for that matter, as the foundation for its success. Take the time to enjoy delicious, fresh food with friends and family. In other words “Viva Bene!”
These articles you’ll begin to receive are a reflection and celebration of the artistry and dedication involved in the Harmoni Market concept. Perhaps it’s not so much a concept as it is an ideal? My hope is that as you follow my curiosity as I explore my “space from the world” and develop an understanding and passion as well.
It would be cliché for me to say “If I can do this, anyone can”, because that’s just not the case. Not many people can find a sudden burst of adrenaline entering their eleventh hour on a shift when 20 tickets come flying in at once, let alone joke, sing and (as Peffers has been known to do) dance. I will simply say that I love what I do and look forward to showing you why.