How did you become interested in cooking?
When I was 14, our cable got switched to a different company while I was at school. When I got home, the channel that was Nickelodeon was changed to Food Network, and I was hooked. Next thing I knew, I was begging my parents to buy me wine to cook with. I have been cooking ever since, but luckily I can buy my own wine.
What is your training as a chef?
I am from Jacksonville, Florida, and my entire culinary career has been here. In 2013, I graduated from The Art Institute of Jacksonville with my Bachelor of Arts in culinary business management. After that, I worked anywhere that would give me a job. I have done everything from team dining for the Jacksonville Jaguars to feeding the homeless at The Sulzbacher Center and even slinging grilled cheese on a food truck.
What are you doing now?
I am the author of Calli Marie BAKES and the food program manager at BREW Five Points.