Jessica began her career as a Personal Chef while living as an au pair with Italian families in Bologna, Bergamo, Tuscany and Puglia. For three years she taught English to emerging bilingual children and learned the secrets of Italian home cooking. Upon return to California, she became an Italian-speaking caretaker for toddlers and an Assistant Teacher for an Italian pre-school program in Berkeley called "Mondo Bambini."She then continued her work as an English Language Arts teacher at Sikkim Himalayan Academy, a K-5 charter school in India, as part of her undergraduate senior thesis project at the University of California, Berkeley.
Following culinary school, Jessica was quite successful in the famous San Francisco restaurant industry, eventually becoming the Catering and Events Director for a "Top 100" restaurant and a Preferred Caterer, Event Chef and Manager for the British Consulate General of San Francisco. She served the Consulate General for two administrations at their private residence, head office and at offsite events. Additionally she co-founded the ARTE Y TAPAS Performance Series, curating dozens of events annually offering delicious food, live performances and visual art exhibitions.
In addition to offering private kids cooking and cheesemaking classes for over a decade, she served three years as the Food Coordinator and Chef of the SFMT Youth Theater Project, an afterschool program for San Francisco Bay Area at-risk youth.
Jessica specializes in early language education and culinary arts education for emerging bilinguals. She is currently a Language Assistant in a bilingual primary school for 1st and 2nd grade in Madrid, Spain. She is teaching English language, Social Science, Natural Science and Health Education as part of her Masters practicum at the University of Alcalá.
Jessica currently offers private classes in Culinary and Language Arts available in English, Italian and Spanish. She also hosts private events and offers custom-designed travel chef services worldwide. She the is author of "The International Kitchen," a blog where she shares her favorite recipes, ingredients and travel stories from around the world. Jessica was born and raised on occupied Gabrieleño/Tongva territory in Southern California, and spent many years in San Francisco on native Ramaytush Ohlone land. She currently resides in the historic neighborhood of Lavapiés in the heart of central Madrid.