Chef Julianna, that’s me! I am a long-time foodie and collector of cookbooks. My daytime job is that of an educator in a very busy high school, so most of my cooking is done on weekends and holidays. My greatest joy is to travel the world, experience various cultures through food, and to bring home my treasured recipes to try out on friends! My recipe box is full of dishes like, “Maher’s Mom’s Green Beans” from a trip to Egypt or Kai Pad Phet from a cooking school in Luang Prabang, Laos. Much of my globe-trotting has been in Asia, so my favourite recipes often reflect this. I have also been following food and health trends for as long as I can remember. It all started with “gourmet cooking” when I was yet in high school. My best friend’s mom introduced me to things that weren’t generally eaten in my home – things like Quiche Lorraine and Coq au Vin. Then in my 20’s, T. and I cooked up a storm for our dinner parties using Diane Clement’s “Chef on the Run” and Gourmet magazines. I have flirted with no fat cooking, vegetarian cooking, wokking, and much more, all the way through the decades to our current trends of fresh, healthy and local. The bottom line is that I have always enjoyed the creative aspect of preparing a sensational meal for friends and family. I have found that it brings us together on so many levels. After all it’s the one thing that every human on the planet has in common – we all love to eat!
About me as a food photographer: please be patient with me as I learn this new craft. I have always taken pictures of food, but staring at all the professional images we see on the internet today, and in the polished food journalism cookbooks that have flooded the market has raised the bar! I will be playing with this digital art and in time, hope to capture some mouth-watering shots of my recipes.