My name is Amber.
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a wild card.
I decided, after attending a handful of colleges, that school just wasn’t for me (or something like that).
Deep in thought, I fought to really pin-down what it REALLY was I wanted to do with my life.
Someone at some point asked me “what makes you happy? ya know, turns your crank?”. My immediate answer was “food. cooking. fooooood.”
So. I took action. I got a job at a well-known and well-respected restaurant in Carmel, CA. There I learned and developed some skills. Taking in the professional kitchen atmosphere and trying to narrow down exactly where I wanted to be and where I saw myself in the future.
Well, it turns out that, while THAT kitchen wasn’t the place for me, the experience served it’s purpose, thoroughly. I met many people who I now consider some of my best friends and nailed down the couple of things that now drive me in the kitchen.
Trying new things and exploring is without a doubt at the top of the list.
Finding and connecting with local ingredients and the people who grow them comes in second, although barely, because it is equally important to me as the first one.
With a bit of luck, possibly a sprinkle of talent and an ample amount of passion I am finding myself involved in the culinary world here in beautiful Monterey, California. Here we are surrounded by what is arguably one of the most privileged areas to work in for the industry. We are in the heart of California agriculture and have access to not only some of the freshest vegetables, but also easy access to the amazingly beautiful Pacific Ocean.
My goal is to use the tools and ingredients at hand to create edible delights, and to continue to move forward in my culinary career using local and sustainable foods.