Andrea’s journey of loving food first began with learning how to bake from her mother, who is from Kansas. During the school year, Andrea lived in Tucson, Arizona where she fell in love with the local Sonoran Mexican culture and cuisine. During the summer, Andrea and her brother spent time on their grandparent’s farm in Kansas picking strawberries, harvesting walnuts, fishing with their grandfather, and canning produce with their grandmother.
After spending time in the fitness and nutrition field, Andrea could no longer ignore the time she spent in the kitchen learning from her mom. She left Arizona and attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, CA where she earned an A.O.S. degree in Culinary Arts.
Andrea spent the next four years working in Pastry for the Kimpton Group in San Francisco, before she returned to Arizona where she lead the Pastry Kitchen at the Arizona Inn in Tucson. She was then recruited to work at Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah, assisting the Pastry Brigade for Robert Redford.
In Portland, Andrea lead the pastry kitchens for two local restaurants and then became a Chef Instructor in both the Pastry and Culinary Arts program at Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, OR. This is where she fell in love with the rewarding path of teaching others in the kitchen.
Most recently, Andrea taught cooking classes and managed the culinary program at Sur La Table in Portland for four years before she was recruited by Chef Jessica to join her team of farm and food enthusiasts at The Kitchen. Yay to coming full circle for Andrea!