Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I grew up traveling the world with my family and naturally gained inspiration from my surroundings at fine dining restaurants. Learning to cook was something I strived for on my own, which makes it that much more special to me. I love any and all things creative, such as piano, guitar, singing, drawing, painting, and foreign language studies, but cooking is what excites me the most.
What is it that fuels a desire to cook? For me, it is the excitement of a blank canvas. I love being creative with food because it's extremely multidimensional and the possibilities are endless. The absolutely endless possibilities of experimenting with textures, patterns, height, and more, are what drive me to continue to work with food on a daily basis.
I have a bachelor's degree in Spanish, Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Awards & Achievements
MasterChef US Season 10, 8th place
MasterChef US Season 12 "Back to Win," 13th place
NC Media Global Photography Award
Chef's Roll Caviar Contest, 1st place