Chef Gigi is recognized nationally as an expert in culinary education. She specializes in children and families to help increase nutritional awareness and help take some of the stress out of being a busy-aware parent. Chef has coached thousands of children and adults how to shop, prep, cook and eat better. She developed signature techniques while teaching two decades of hands on classes, private events, public speaking, websites, writing, professional culinary demonstrations, television and radio engagements, classes, and private consultations.
Gigi, not only a pioneer in children’s culinary education, she is also the Former Dean and Academic Director who wrote and implemented the famed French Culinary School Le Cordon Bleu’s– Hospitality Management Program. Simultaneously, founded a professional culinary school for children and teens with her then, six and eight year old daughters. Kids Culinary Adventures was built by children for children. KCA anchored math, science, reading, history, geography and nutrition to academic curriculum; through the medium of cooking! The school served as the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier professional cooking school for children and teens for well over a decade.
A freelance writer, learning and development coach– while also continuing as an instructional designer. Chef co-authored, “Learning with Little Lulu Lemon” and has appeared in a variety of media outlets including, Radio Disney and Bay Area local television broadcast with Spencer Christian, on NBC’s “View from the Bay” and CBS, “Eye on the Bay”. Chef Gigi regularly contributed to a monthly column, ” The Family Kitchen” for Bay Area Parent Magazine; a subsidiary of Dominion Parenting Media is the nation’s largest publisher of regional parenting magazines. In 2015 Chef Gigi went on to study at the National Association of Sports Medicine to further understand the impact of movement and nutrition on our bodies.
Are you are a busy parent or leading a group who needs help on how to simplify your parenting life? Chef Gigi speaks on topics surrounding food prep, picky eaters, and crazy mealtimes.
-How to make mealtimes go from frantic to fun
-How to build healthy meals in less time.
-How to shop for nutrition foods.
-Meal prep for the week just one afternoon a week.
-How to deal with picky eaters.
-What to cook and when.
-How to cook it and why.
-Five Ingredients or less meals.
-Who has time for this are you screaming for help?
-Fast food vs home cooked-what it looks like and how to stop the cycle.
Chef Gigi can provide support for parents and caring adults who want to provided nutrition meals in less time.
-How to get the kids involved and why.
-How to meal prep one day a week.
-How to work clean, fast and organized and save your sanity!
-What and how much to feed your toddler
Past Speaking Audiences:
-Public and Private Parent Organizations
-Private and Public Schools
-Junior High Parent Organizations
-New Parenting Clubs
-Key Note Speaking Engagement
-Regional School Lunch Programs
Chef Gigi is currently publishing additional works including,”The Fun Filled Cooking Party Guide” for children’s parties – and has authored an educational book for parents, the book ” Food Fight, for Parents of Picky Eaters” is expected to become a pantry staple for parents!
A Sampling of Professional Works Published by Chef Gigi
“Food Fight, Why Bribery Doesn’t Work” – Bay Area Parent Magazine.
“Chicken of Chicken” – Cooking Tips- Bay Area Parent Magazine.
“Healthy Habit Help” – In Health and Fitness: Nutrition- Bay Area Parent Parenting Magazine.
“Lettuce Makes Your Life Easier”- In Food and Drink- Bay Area Parent Magazine
“The Definition of Artificial”-In Health and Fitness, Nutrition – Parenting on the Peninsula Magazine
“Honor the Dead With Bread” – Culture and History on Food , Kids Culinary Adventures
“Twenty First Century Dads Are Smokin’- In More Ways Than One!” BBQ, Home and Family: Fatherhood – Parenting on the Peninsula Magazine
“The New American Lunch Box” – BAP Parenting Magazine, Kids and Teens Issue
“How to Win a Food Fight Battle in Ten Easy Steps” – The Autistic File Magazine
“Learning with Little Lulu Lemon” – Homefires Publishing
Learning with Little Lulu Lemon is an innovative,fun-filled educational activity guide with over 25 fun learning activities and recipes that your whole family will enjoy! For children ages 3-7. Discover the wonder of math through simple investigations and easy, gourmet lemony recipes. Develop the scientific skills of observation and experimentation with playful lemon lessons. Boost vocabulary while learning life skills — including cooking and economics! Enjoy activities and games that build cognitive development for life-long learning success. Have fun with your child as you explore the gastronomic and scholastic delights of the versatile lemon.Learning with Little Lulu Lemon is engaging, fun, and educational — and will give your young child a head start on life-long learning success!
“The Fun-Filled Cooking Party Guide ” – for children’s parties.
“Fun Filled Cooking Party Guide “ Is complete step by step guide will help you host a hand on cooking party in your home or anyone else’s! ~Expected summer 2016
“Food Fight, for Parents of Picky Eaters”.
Children’s Nutrition doesn’t have to be frustrating! Avoid power struggles & take back mealtimes! If meal times are a constant battle in your house, this is the book for you! You’ll gain valuable insights and some fun and creative ways to present and prepare food for your picky eater. Over 120 Pages! Loaded with Hints, Tricks and over 60 Recipes!
Expected Fall, 2017 –
Chef Gigi has coached thousands of children and parents through her websites, writing, public and private speaking engagements,classes, and private consultations. Are you are a busy aware parent and need help learning how to simplifly your life surrounding mealtimes? Hire Gigi here.