My name is Annette Tomei – my inner gypsy is a food geek!
(self-portrait: Hotel Artorius, Rome, Italy 2008)
I’ve been a chef (or at least a professional cook) for over 18 years. I’ve been in love with food all of my life. Even before I understood the concept of food as a symbol of culture, I knew that different families ate different foods and that these foods were important to them – that sharing a meal was akin to sharing personal history, an intimate act.
I changed careers from commercial real estate appraisal in 1993 for the love of food and utter disregard for money! I’ve lived (and, by necessity, worked) in some of the most beautiful places in the US, including Alta, UT and the Napa Valley… not to mention my true love, NYC. I have worked in nearly every facet of the great Food and Beverage industry from chef to sommelier, from baking bread to being a pastry chef, restaurant owner, and educator; I’ve gone back and forth between front and back of the house more times than I care to admit. I have degrees in finance, wine studies, culinary arts, and most recently a Master’s degree in Gastronomy, focusing my research on immigrant foodways and globalization.
The GastroNomad is my way of sharing my travel and eating adventures with you. Some of these adventures required long plane rides and an increasingly well stamped passport, but many of them required little more than a sense of adventure and public transportation. That’s the great thing about living in New York City… you can travel around the globe, culturally at least, with just a MetroCard. Just one of the many reasons I love it here so much!
As of Monday, November 19, 2012: I have so many new adventures in the works that must stay under wraps for a little while longer… 2013 should be an exciting year for wandering and hopefully for “telling” as well (planning to do more writing in the near future both here and a few other more professional outlets).
Thank you for joining me on this journey of discovery… I hope you enjoy the trip!