What's in the Fridge? 

Welcome to my nomad kitchen! I’m a Los Angeles native who trained in classical French technique in Paris.

While LA is home, my love for travel has taken me to many kitchens around the world. It began with internships in restaurants in Nice, France and then Florence, Italy. I’ve been in the food industry for over 10 years, working in restaurants, catering, healthy personal chef-ing, and teaching cooking classes.

Then, I took the trip of a lifetime. I traveled a year with digital nomads (I catered healthy meal bowls while traveling), and dedicated my time to learning recipes of the world. I took cooking classes in each city and now am making those authentic recipes easy and accessible for the home cook. Some of the recipes you’ll find featured as a cooking class on my blog are from Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Serbia, Colombia, just to name a few.

If you're interested in the first cookbook of the trip, it is finally out! Order "Month in Marrakech: a food and travel memoir" by clicking on the link. 

Many of the recipes I write emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables.  Being half Mexican and half Armenian living in California, I grew up with dishes like Steak con chiles, Chile RelleƱosTabuli, Stuffed eggplant, and spinach patties, many of which I made with my grandma and are featured on this blog. 

I do have a big sweet tooth for pastries so sometimes so you'll find a few dessert recipes sprinkled throughout. Can't help myself. 

When I'm not working on recipes and the blog, I teach cooking classes and put on pop-up dinners in Los Angeles. If you want to keep up on the schedule of events, visit www.chefjoannas.com

Keep on cooking,