Jayzee (real name!) was raised on two things: Mama''s cooking & Food TV.
From Mama: Cooking is a labor of love meant to be shared with others.
From Iron Chef, Good Eats, No Reservations: It''s a big world out there!
These experiences have cultivated a strong & eclectic relationship with food. In his spare time, he lovingly tends to his herb garden, makes kombucha, Instagrams his food experiments, perfects his crawfish boil, mixes strong cocktails, & wins eating competitions.
I love cooking with wine – sometimes I even put it in the food” – Julia Child (Favorite Quote)
In the kitchen since she could hold a spoon, long-time foodie Jen finds relaxation and fun in the kitchen. She rarely makes the same meal twice, doesn’t measure much, and cooks from the heart. She says there is no shame in eating an entire loaf of French bread with a wheel of brie in one sitting.
"Everyone can enjoy home-cooked meals at a fraction of the cost of going out. Food is a great way to share a part of yourself, & it doesnt have to be fancy or expensive. Joe grew up in a bustling Italian kitchen. There was always a home-cooked meal on the table. Joe has adapted this tradition to his own busy life, where he makes it a priority to provide fresh meals to his family each day. How does he do it? By being passionate about shopping smart, making-ahead & re-purposing leftovers. He keeps a blog site devoted to the subject...it's a great read! https://cookingwithjoefrescatore.wordpress.com/author/rudysdad3/
Kekoa was born in Hawaii, raised in the Pacific Northwest, made his way to Miami to be a personal chef, & has been a San Diego resident since 2002. He's always been a foodie, inspired by his Mother, Aunt, Rachel Ray & the Barefoot Contessa.
Kekoa has a relaxed, fun & easy-breezy style when it comes to food. No recipes, lots of fresh ingredients — sound familiar?
Hipcooks LA Manager & Hipcooks Regional Manager Kyrsten has been with us (her home away from home!) since 2008, though we'd argue she's a born Hipcook. Her easy-breezey, welcoming style comes from her roots, where she was raised amid the gastronomic delights of the Big Apple & the Big Easy. Whether she's spending two days crafting a feast for a special soiree, fridge-diving to whip up a delectable dinner in 15 minutes, or teaching a cooking class, she indulges her inner Hipcook with a smile & a garnish.
"Never fear, butter is here!"
It's her favorite ingredient. A close second: potatoes. Russet, ube (the purple yams), sweet potato, fingerlings. Mashed, gratin, fried, covered in salt, cream, sugar. "You name it, I will eat it. Just add butter!"
Hipcooks OC Manager Suzana is like a Samba. (She swings so cool & sways so gently &we go ahhhh!)
Suzana is passionate about travel, people, and cooking. In fact, she ran her own Bed & Breakfast in Brazil for international travelers. This charming Brazilian definitely knows how to be a hip-host! Creator of Hipcooks class Oh, Brazil! class, Suzana will transport you to un paiz tropical.