Hi, I'm Gen, the professional chef and certified food nerd behind Two Cloves Kitchen. Here you'll find contemporary California-inspired recipes packed with bold flavor.
I'll share my culinary knowledge, tips, and tricks to help you utilize your equipment and ingredients to their fullest potential for the most flavorful, well-executed dishes possible.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the youngest of two. My older brother and I helped our dad grow and harvest gardens teeming with heirloom tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, corn, cucumbers, and fresh herbs. We made our own pickles with constantly revised recipes, carefully tuning the proportions of salt and dill to create the perfect bite.
I loved cooking in the kitchen with my family, learning how to sauté Swiss chard, make marinara from scratch, or fry a perfect chicken cutlet. I learned French flavors from my mother, too: wine sauces, delicate herbs. These flavors are the basis of the recipes I create for you – bold, fresh, rooted in classical flavors but decidedly modern.
I am a regular contributor to the online publication Food Drink Life, whose aim is to "inspire you about the world of food and drink, and the art of living, through the eyes of our passionate content creators, award-winning chefs, authors, and photographers."
There’s a joke on the Italian side of my family: if a recipe calls for one clove of garlic, we will undoubtedly use two, or three, or eight. It’s with this spirit of flavor-forward cooking that Two Cloves Kitchen takes ordinary meals and reimagines them in innovative and delicious ways.
Let me teach you how to make impressive, enticing meals for your friends, your family, or just yourself, so you'll never have a boring meal again.