A certified personal chef, Heidi was inspired to cook while working at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. She moved to NYC and started a small catering business specializing in high-end cocktail and dinner parties. Heidi personalizes her menu for the person who will be eating. She says, "An artist rarely paints the same thing twice." Living in Eastern and Western Europe for several years and other travels doing volunteer work as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, Heidi searched for new flavor combinations by exploring how the same staple ingredients were used in each country yet with various methods of preparation. She lives by Thomas Keller's quote “Cooks cook to nurture people.” For Heidi, cooking is a way to bond with people and it is gratifying for her to be able to teach long-term skills to people of all ages and backgrounds. Heidi is eager to share the cooking tips she’s learned from others to create quick and tasty meals without relying on a recipe and using readily available ingredients. During this vegan Middle Eastern fusion cooking class, Heidi will teach you basic knife skills, how to build flavor without relying on a recipe and how to elevate vegetables!