Sunset Magazine, Recipe Developer & Video Producer & Stylist. Just Add Salt, Social Media & Recipe Editor
My first job in food was:
Working in a bakery during high school.
What brought me to San Francisco:
The warm weather, great food and my fiancé (soon-to-be husband in less than a month!) grew up in Oakland.
My one-year goal:
To be a full-time food stylist and recipe developer.
My five-year dream:
To work on a cookbook (possibly one reflecting my Midwestern/Scandinavian heritage!) and get better at styling and shooting video.
My mentor, and the most important lesson I learned from him or her:
Margo Bredesen, my first boss. I learned from her that it's possible to own your own business and manage a family at the same time. And that the customer is right most of the time, but not always. And how to make beautiful, delicious pastries.
The person I'd most like to collaborate with, and the project:
There are so many! Photographers like Nikole Herriott, Alice Gao and Peden & Munk, stylists like Justina Blakeney and Simon Andrews, chefs like Brandon Jew and Tatiana Levha—I'd love to learn from all of them.
What I can teach other people in this group:
How to make lefse.
My favorite thing to cook:
If I have a lot of time: a decadent layer cake. If I don't have much time: orecchiette with kale and spicy sausage.
Boulevardier. Or champagne.
How I relax:
With a good book and a glass of wine.
I am proof that there's no real linear way to end up with a career in food—I've worked as a line cook, hostess, barback, intern, editorial assistant and editor—and am now a recipe editor and developer and social media manager.