a little about me, kayla

Hi! I could not be more excited that you’ve found the space where I get to share all of my food creations and love for cooking with you! Simply put, I love nothing more than lighting a few candles, putting on some really good music, standing in the kitchen and letting my mind dream up what I’m going to cook. I really believe it’s a simple joy that most people are either scared of or simply don’t know how to pursue. I want to guide you, helping you become a more adventurous, creative cook.

I graduated from the University of Illinois where I studied Hospitality Management & Food Science. While working in the kitchen at a few restaurants during my college summers, I finally took the leap and applied to The Culinary Institute of America to fulfill my dream of going to culinary school. And the best part? It was in dreamy Napa Valley. Sunny skies, vineyards for miles, lots of wine, and restaurants that truly shaped what farm to table cooking is meant to be. The whole experience changed the way I look at food, ingredients, and creativity. My passion grew even more.

After the program ended, I worked at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro and was able to get the most out of Napa’s cuisine by staying in the area a little longer. The emphasis on local, seasonal produce and extracting flavor in new and unique ways has influenced how I want to cook forever.

I moved home at the end of 2016 to work with my family’s restaurant company and re-launch the food blog I had started a couple of years back. I just couldn’t rest my entrepreneurial spirit, and The Original Dish was the perfect outlet for all of my creative energy.

If I’m not in the kitchen (which isn’t too often) I love doing yoga, reliving my past figure skating career out on the ice, reading cookbooks, or eating at (way too many) restaurants. One thing always remains the same: I am so extremely passionate about pursuing my love for food. I hope that I can inspire you as well.

would love to hear from you! comment below or email me at kayla[at]theoriginaldish[dot]com.

11 thoughts on “About

  1. I am so thrilled to find this site and wish you the best of luck with your student dinner. I am sending this link to my sons, too, since they all like to cook with their wives! Your pictures are wonderful and I look forward to making your recipes for Easter this year.

  2. I read your beet and orange recipe, which reminded me a fair amount of Francis Mallmann’s version, and I knew you had to have had some culinary experience.
    Some nice recipes on here, excited to try some out.

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for the feedback…I really appreciate it. I hope you love them. Let me know which ones you try!

  3. I have just found your website and I am so impressed with not only the food you create, but the pictures you take. The lighting is magic! I am looking forward to cooking from your website as soon as I can. I took a glance at your Breakfast tab and WOW. I cannot wait to look at the rest! I think you should honestly make a cookbook with all of this goodness.

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