How did you become interested in cooking with a focus on seasonal, local and natural ingredients? Was there a major life change, or have you always valued healthy eating? I've definitely always had respect for vegetables. I grew up with my dad's local produce and garden center business, so I was fortunate to have family dinner every night, a big veggie patch out back in the summers, the dignity of hard work from a young age, and just a general emphasis on real food at home. I've worked in a number of farm-to-table restaurants over the years, so eating as the fields provide has become fairly ingrained at this point. When I went vegan for a number of years, my interest in cooking and experimenting with new natural foods ramped up significantly.