Hi, my name is Natalie. In my family I was always known as the smart one who could cook. I am a stay at home mom with my kiddo and I basically needed some sort of outlet other than just sitting at home. I didn't have any really great hobbies other than cooking. I cooked for my family starting in junior high. My mom didn't like to cook. I would basically take over different elements of cooking for my family and I grew up in a big family. I was the oldest of 7 and then we grew to 11 people.
When I left for college, I still had my job at Starbucks and I kind of kept that job all the way through. Then I started hanging out with the cooks who ran the kitchen at the Mackenzie Study Center. I thought they were the coolest people in the world. They made challah bread and beautiful soups from scratch. It was just this whole other world of like you make this really good food and it can be inexpensive. You can feed it to lots of people. It's something a normal person can do. It's something I could see myself doing and it made everybody love you. I could give my friends a lot of love by cooking for them. Not that that was the whole point, but like it was this really cool, quiet way to take care of friends and loved ones and people at large.
I think we all have that part of is us that just wants to help people. It's really cool because I could get paid and help people at the same time. It's allowed me to have this sense of pride about what I do and passion for what I do on a daily basis. It provides for my family with a good life and a happy life.