My path to a Real Estate in the Sacramento area has been anything but direct. Like most people, I have had my fair share of ups and downs along the way. I was born and raised in Upstate New York. When I was young, my family spent a lot of time in the Albany area, but we also moved around the state quite a bit. Other than that, my childhood and early teenage years were pretty ordinary.

In 1985 we found out that my Mom had Cancer, and in 1994 my Dad was also diagnosed with the disease, so the normality of my formative years quickly vanished. While my Mom bravely fought it into remission, my Dad’s valiant effort was unsuccessful, and he passed away in my early twenties. This was obviously a very difficult time for me, but it was also inspiring to see two people who I love fight with so much dignity.

After high school, I took some courses at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in the Aeronautical Engineering Physics program with the hopes of one day becoming a rocket scientist, but quickly realized it wasn’t for me, so I moved back in with my parents and started working in the kitchen at a local restaurant. At first moving home seemed like a step back in life, but I ended up finding my first career and my first love; cooking.

I was so enthralled with my new occupation that I enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park in New York City, one of the top institutions in the country, to learn and perfect my craft. I graduated and earned my first Chef’s Residency at The Russian Tea Room, a famous establishment in Midtown Manhattan, next to Carnegie Hall.

While I was attending the Culinary Institute, my parents moved to the Sacramento area because my Dad was transferred for work. When my father was diagnosed, I followed them to Northern California to help out and spend time with him before he passed.