I love food and travel; different cultures and cuisines; and finding out how a food is produced and who is producing it. I’m constantly exploring and learning with food as my medium.
My food studies began in the kitchens of Madeleine Kamman’s Boston restaurant and cooking school in the mid-’70s. From there I went on to cook in Boston’s Front Street Restaurant, then the Zuni Café in San Francisco. Next, I moved to Calgary, Canada for a few years to work as an executive chef, followed by several years as the executive chef at the Olema Inn in West Marin, north of San Francisco.
After my years working in restaurants I traveled through Asia for three months, visiting friends and family in wonderful, far-flung places like Japan, Nepal, and Indonesia. When I returned to the San Francisco area I launched a catering business and also worked as a private chef. Additionally, I taught cooking classes at various locations both professionally (CIA Greystone Campus) and non-professionally (Dreaeger’s and Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco) and at L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD.
Several years ago, my husband, son, and I moved to the East Coast. I’m currently living in the Washington, D.C. area, where I serve as President of the D.C. chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a non-profit organization of women leaders in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. Members use their talents and influence for community outreach through grants, mentoring, scholarship and educational programs, to help support women to succeed in these industries.
Cooking with Drew is a forum to share my love of exploring food, from local sources as well as the foods of different cultures, to share my teaching experiences, and to investigate a myriad of food tastes, textures, and qualities.