Today I'm interviewing Chef Hailley Field, the founder of HomeCooked, an on-demand chef service that has been in operation for more than year. Hailley's been interested in food since she was 10 years old, when she started experimenting in the kitchen. Always up for an adventure, Hailley spent two years circling the globe, cooking in restaurants and diverse family kitchens. It was those unique and very kitchen experiences that convinced her she needed to start a career in food. Before starting her business, Hailley managed and worked in several restaurants, and commercial kitchens up and down the West Coast. She's been featured on the Food Network, in Angeleno Magazine, LA Confidential Magazine's The List alongside Beyoncé, and Voyage LA. She's also appeared as a guest chef at the Hollywood Farmers' Market, as well as at some of LA's popular food and cooking events, including Foodie Con, and Live & Dine LA.
Today, I'm interviewing Chef Kelsey Morgan, a pastry chef currently working in Honolulu, Hawaii. Originally from Sacramento, California, Kelsey originally started her life by getting a degree in theater arts. However, after college, she decided to follow her passion and attend the Culinary Institute of America, where she got her degree in baking and pastry arts. Since graduating, Kelsey has moved around the world, working in various kitchens in order to continue to hone her skills. She's currently just hosted a cake and ice cream popup with one of her culinary buddies, and I can tell you, it was a dream come true, because I was there. Kelsey's philosophy to professional baking is to approach each task with integrity and joy. She feels lucky to work in a field that allows her to share her work with so many other people. As she puts it, she wants to spend the rest of her career chasing the infinite possibilities of butter, sugar, flour, chocolate, and fruit.
Today, I'm interviewing Matt Lokay, the self-taught grill master behind a successful Instagram account, California Grillin. Matt aspires to help others make their best barbecue by teaching in person workshops on both grilling and barbecue at his home in Temecula, California, and by displaying his grilling techniques on his Instagram account. Matt's been into live fire cooking for as far back as he can remember, and he's been innovating better ways to grill for more than a decade. His grilling skills started to go viral on his Instagram, where he's helped thousands of people perfect their backyard grilling skills. In this episode, Matt shares grilling techniques for various meats that you can put into practice right away, and the magic of reverse searing
Today, I'm interviewing K80 Jones, the creator of the Food Heroes Podcast. Before entering the food industry, K80 worked in wetland restorations. Seeing the change that she could make in the world and working in align with her values served as the catalyst for her own food journey, and is what has led her to work in the food industry. K80's love of science and her thirst for all things creative has allowed her to blossom, while working in the industry, and has allowed her to see that there are better ways to create food and give back to the causes we all care about. K80 is highly interested and deeply concerned about the social and environmental issues caused by food. On the Food Heroes Podcast, she asks guests from all corners of the culinary community to talk about the ways they are using food to solve problems to make the world a better, clearer, safer and tastier place.
Today I'm interviewing Traci Houston from The Gestational Diabetic, a blog that focuses on helping women navigate their pregnancies in a healthy and nutritious way. Traci is an Air Force veteran who realized nine years into her career that her true passion was in food. She left the military and enrolled in culinary school with the goal of opening a food truck. However, it was her experience with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy that truly shaped her culinary career, and it is the reason she founded her blog. The Gestational Diabetic had its first anniversary in April, and Traci has a cookbook and meal plan that were released this September. In this episode, we discuss Traci’s journey to becoming a chef, the creation of her blog from her experiences with gestational diabetes, and quick & easy ways that you can shop and cook healthier and easier!