Hi, I’m Rachel and Welcome to Little Chef Big Appetite!
I may be pint-sized (coming in at a HUGE 5 feet tall), but man do I love to eat!
A little bit about me…
I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and after attending college at the University of Pennsylvania, I moved out to sunny Santa Monica, CA. I moved in with my then-boyfriend, Travis, in 2013 and together we fostered over twelve rescue dogs together. In 2014, we adopted Bessie (whom you’ll likely see LOTS of photos of, if you follow my Instagram!). In 2016 Travis proposed to me on our college campus in Philadelphia and in September 2017 we were married in Boston! Travis recently accepted a job in New York City, so in October 2017, just a few weeks after returning from our honeymoon, Travis and I moved back to the east coast and we’re starting to settle into married life in a new apartment.
So how did Little Chef Big Appetite get started?
Growing up, I had a pretty terrible diet. I was incredibly picky, and the only foods my parents could get me to eat were PB&J, macaroni and cheese, and frozen pizza. It’s a big shame because my dad is a fantastic cook and my mom is an expert baker, so I wish I’d taken better advantage and learned from them sooner.
In my sophomore year of college, I moved to an off-campus apartment and for the first time ever, I had my own kitchen. The food on Penn’s campus left a lot to be desired, and in an effort to start eating healthier, I began to cook many of my own meals. During vacations and breaks from school, I’d be at home in Boston and spend a lot of time watching my parents in the kitchen. My dad taught me a lot of what I know now, and I also learned new cooking skills from reading various food blogs and my favorite cookbooks.
Cooking in a college apartment had its challenges. I only had a small supply of kitchen gadgets and a very limited access to fresh ingredients (there was no Whole Foods nearby and even if there was, that would have been a big splurge on a student budget!). Quickly, cooking became my hobby and something I would do to de-stress at the end of a long day of classes. Very few of my friends were spending time cooking their own meals, so what I was doing was very unique. My then boyfriend, Travis (whom I met my junior year of college), encouraged me to start a blog so I could share my recipes with friends and family.
So in 2012 I started a little Tumblr blog (with embarrassingly terrible food photography). Later that spring I graduated from UPenn and moved out to California for a job in financial consulting. After two years in that role, I decided to transition my career towards my true passion: food. I landed a job running the marketing department for a California-based restaurant group, and loved being able to combine my passion for food with my day-to-day work. Over the course of these two jobs I continued to blog and eventually transitioned my little Tumblr blog to www.littlechefbigappetite.com! In January 2017, I left my restaurant marketing position to travel throughout Europe with Travis. You can read more about that decision here.
Now I am blogging full-time, doing what I love every single day! On the blog you’ll find original healthy recipes (I’ve included some of my favorites below!), tidbits from my daily life, and stories from our travel adventures around the world. I hope you like what you see here and that you find a recipe that excites you. I love when you try my recipes – let me know by posting a comment here or reaching me on one of my various social media pages (you can find the icons on the right-hand side of the home page)!
My Favorite Recipes: