After completing her degree in economics and international business, Grace turned her attention to her first love, cooking. She apprenticed as a bistro chef for three years before going on to experience the world of fine dining working in some of San Francisco’s best restaurants. In 1992, Grace joined The Bay Club Company as its food and beverage director and gained valuable experience running the day-to-day operation of a busy, high-end health club corporation. Her time at The Bay Club Company ignited Grace’s passion for health, healing, nutrition, and community service.
“Let the beauty you love be what you do, there are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth”Rumi
“People often ask me if my parents were hippies. Far from it. But I grew up in a family where everyone cooked. I started cooking at a very early age. More importantly, I was always aware of the connection between healing and food. My mother, father and grandmothers prepared teas and soups as remedies. We always ate and prepared meals at home. And thankfully, my Mom always provided resources for the never ending requests for ingredients, cook books and kitchen equipment. I always had full access to the kitchen and was given the liberty to experiment.”
“Food is connected to everything from our own health to the health of the planet. It is involved in every ritual and celebration. We often show our love and support with food. Organic, whole foods are also very beautiful. They give us an opportunity to be creative and share beauty with others. I am encouraged by the changes I see in the food industry. We are connecting to the concept that if our planet is not healthy, we cannot have healthy bodies. It really is that simple.”
“Feeding someone is one of the most basic services one can provide. I am truly honored by the opportunity to feed someone, especially someone in need of healing. I want everyone that eats my food to feel nourished and loved. Every client is a beautiful story I get to be a part of. That is very enriching to my own life”
In 1995, Grace began cooking for people who had cancer, as a way to earn extra money, and in the process gained so much more. “This opportunity gave me an incredible sense of perspective, opened my eyes to what’s important in life, and reconnected me to my greater purpose.”
Grace is a certified nutrition educator, consultant, and certified Cancer Guide. She specializes in nutrition for individuals in treatment for cancer and post treatment. When Grace is not cooking or teaching, she enjoys studying poetry, physics, holistic health and hiking in nature. Grace lives near Pacifica California with her French Bulldogs Laila and Valentine.
Grace wishes to thank Jim Gerber, Chuck Feeney, Linda Sparrowe, Atlantic Philanthropies, and Western Athletic Clubs for their generosity and support. Grace would also like to thank the wonderful teachers at Bauman College.