Hey! My name is Ariana (NYC Teen Chef).
I love to cook because it transports me to a happy, stress-free zone. I think that cooking is a great way for kids or adults to express themselves, You are free to be creative with plating and inventive with making recipes your own. Many of us have discovered during the pandemic that cooking can be very comforting and therapeutic. I think people instinctively connect with food; it’s a language that transcends barriers. We all relate to those feelings we remember smelling, touching or creating food, and it’s important to be able to connect with people throughout the world. I hope that with each post on this blog and on Instagram we can connect to as many people as possible. Food, after all, is something we all need and understand, let’s make it an adventure too! I started helping around the kitchen when I was about 3 years old, pretty young huh? My parents were always hosting incredible dinner parties with amazing, colorful, and creative dishes. I was inspired and always wanted to be a part of the action! So I started helping around the kitchen by cleaning the lettuce in the salad spinner (one of my favorites because it spun around and around and around), whisking eggs or pancake mix, washing vegetables, putting together lasagna with my mom, baking challah with my mom and... you get the idea. I was getting my hands pretty dirty early which was a big jump start to where I am now. Growing up in NYC has allowed me to experience the rich tapestry of cultures and foods from around the world. To me ingredients do not just create meals, they help feed the soul and they allow those of us who may not be as polished with our words to describe our feelings in another way. The art of developing dishes and watching my family and friends enjoy these creations brings so much joy to my life. My goal with my website and social media platforms is to bring fun and sustainable recipes to my viewers and their four-legged friends.