Tell us a little about yourself.
I am the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Machina Arts, which has a restaurant, an ArtBar, does catering, event design, and event management. I am a founding member and on the board of Culinary Journeys, a non-profit that is dedicated to supporting the culinary program at Keene High School, and in providing scholarships for graduates of the program, which I was a part of when I was in high school at Keene. I was on the board of Stonewall Farm and am still very active in supporting their mission. I speak regularly at events in the area about the importance of supporting our local farms, and in farming in a regenerative manner.
Why did you leave New Hampshire?
For college and experience. I went to culinary school in San Francisco, where I also worked and was exposed to cooking styles and quality that I would not have found around here.
What did you miss most about New Hampshire?
The seasons – especially spring after a long winter.
Why did you choose to “boomerang” back to the Granite State?
After opening restaurants in California, Texas, and Arizona, I realized I missed New Hampshire, and my family here. I first moved to Western Massachusetts where I was the head chef of The Gill Tavern, a small farm to table restaurant in Gill. This was when I was 22. Four years later I met the woman who was to become my wife, and I moved back to Keene in order to be closer to her, and to take on the roll of Head Chef of Nicola’s in Keene.
What is your favorite childhood memory from being in New Hampshire?
Boating on the Connecticut River.
What keeps you in the state?
My family and my community.
In your travels, what were some cool or unique things you came across that you wish were in New Hampshire?
There were large, interactive public art displays in Austin and in San Francisco, I would love to see more of that in New Hampshire.
Tell us some of your favorite places in the state or your region? i.e. restaurants, recreational or cultural activities, etc.
I love to hike Mt. Monadnock and to find new restaurants to experience with my wife. I like to walk in the woods of Harrisville, and take my daughter for walks around different parts of Keene.
If money were not an issue, what would your version of a “perfect” day in the state look like?
Hike Mt. Monadnock at 3am to watch the sun rise from the top. Then head to a nice diner for breakfast. Spend the afternoon relaxing with my family, and than gather around a fire in the evening with friends.
Why would you consider leaving the state again?
I’m not sure I would.
What do you believe to be the “New Hampshire” advantage?
Our communities – and the ability to bring people together over a common cause.
Is there someone in the state that you would like to have coffee with? And why?
Any other Chefs who are passionate about what they do, and believe we have the responsibility to focus peoples appetites towards local, regenerative sources of food.