With over thirty-five years of professional industry experience, Gigi is recognized as an expert in culinary education. She specializes in children and families to help increase nutritional awareness and take some of the stress out of being a busy- aware parent. As a food professional, Gigi goes after picky eating through the science of flavor, while helping parents and caregivers reprogram their approach and win back mealtimes! Author of Food Fight, for Parents of Picky Eaters, and Co-Author, of “Learning with Little Lulu Lemon”, Gigi has appeared in a variety of media outlets including, Radio Disney, local San Francisco television broadcasts including NBC’s “View from the Bay” and CBS, “Eye on the Bay”. Chef Gigi, is not only a pioneer in children’s culinary education, she is also the former academic director who authored and implemented the famed culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu’s, Hospitality and Restaurant Management program while simultaneously founded a her professional culinary school for kids; launching her as a pioneer in children’s culinary education. Today, Chef Gigi continues to advocate healthy foods and time saving techniques though writing, speaking, and coaching families how to shop, prep, cook, eat and live better.
PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA EXPERIENCE
2018 | Authored, Food Fight, for Parents of Picky Eaters | Koehler Publishing | Fall 2018
2012 Co-authored, Learning with Little Lulu Lemon | Homefires | A practical hand on learning guide for kids ages three to seven years.
Television and Radio
2008 Radio: Disney, 60 minute segment about kids cooking in the kitchen.
2008 Radio: Disney in the Park, San Jose, Ca. Filmed, live cooking demonstration.
2009 - 2011: Radio Disney, 24 seasonal radio spots.
August 2011: NBC Eye on the Bay. Live cooking class.
2011 - 2012: San Francisco Channel 7, three visits at "View from the Bay" live TV cooking demos with the show’s hosts, Spencer Christian and Janelle Wang.
2012: KNBR 25 Radio commercials on my platform of healthy food, healthy families and healthy kids.
Summer 2012 : Radio Disney 15 commercials on my advice on eating techniques for happy healthy mealtimes with the family.
December 2013: KQED Public Television, Channel 9 Chef Martin Yan's cooking show, "A Tour of Vietnam", dinner guest on set while Martin Yan for Chef Yan.
September, 2015: Good Morning Sacramento, live television- demonstrating healthy cooking segment.
Live Presentations, Panels, and Events
2004 : California Culinary Academy, Graduation Announcer, 625 Graduates, 3000 in attendance.
2005 : Le Cordon Bleu, San Francisco , Ca., Commencement Key Note Speaker, 250 management students graduates, 850 guests.
2010 - 2012 Promotional co marketing and activities with The Little Gym Inc. and Bay Area Parent Magazine. A national play and exercise program franchise.
2010 - 2011: Co-marketed by designing healthy school lunch menus by Chef Gigi of Kids Culinary Adventures with Lunch Masters, school lunch program San Francisco Bay Area.
2012 : Keynote Speaker, Lunch Masters Inc. annual parent night. San Francisco Bay Area school districts.
2011 : National School Lunch Convention. San Jose , Ca. Invited to represent The Lunch Masters Inc.
2011 : Invited to host Food Talk Podcast. 60 minutes weekly topics on food and beverage on radio.
2011 : Contracted by IDEO as expert panelist regrading new children's food products for their sequestered client.
2011 : San Carlos, Ca. Art and Wine Festival: Appeared as a demonstrator and festival participant.
2011 : Featured chef for cooking demonstrations for Draeger's Cooking School. San Mateo and Danville, Ca.
2011 - 2012 : Appeared at Hiller Aviations “Noon Years Eve” Toddler New Years Eve celebration hosted by Dominican Publishing.
2011 : First annual, “San Francisco Food Festival”. Public demonstration to present on how healthy dark chocolate is produced for consumers - and anchored with a demonstration class I developed called, "Don't wash the dish, eat them", how to make chocolate dessert bowls at home.
2012 : Consult for Conagra Foods on cooking class for children and flavor associations including demonstrations of live classes with children, ages 3-8.
2012 : San Mateo County Fair - Live cooking demonstrations.
2012 : Stanford Mall - Invited speaker and demonstrator for, Kidz Club Inc.
2012 : Invited - Speaker on a recorded teleconference series by National Homeschooling expert Diane Flynn Keith - owner of Homefires.com
2013 : segment on Living & Learning with Preschoolers e-Audio Course! On how to handle a picky eater, including my suggested activities that promote early learning in a fun, relaxed, and playful manner.
2012 : Culinary demonstration, Macy’s Union Square, San Francisco , Ca.
2012 : Culinary demonstration, Bloomingdales, Union Square San Francisco , Ca.
2013, 2014, 2015: Hollywood Ca., Red carpet appearance, for Taste Television Awards.
2014 - 2015: Speaker and Culinary Demonstrator. The International Chocolate Salon. Taste Television San Francisco Ca.
2015 : Tasting Judge for The International Chocolate Salon- San Francisco, Ca.
2015 : Invited, expert tasting panel judge for International Chocolate Awards LLC, Americans and Pacific Rim, New York City.
2016 : Invited expert- Beringer Vineyards, Napa Ca. Consultant to install sustainable food sources. Beehives and Chickens. Consultant to resident chefs and grounds keepers. Portions of Gigi’s,“Eat Your Own Biosphere” class.
2016 : Encino Elementary School, Menlo Park, Ca. Guest lecture and demonstration. class designed by Chef Gigi, “ Eat Your Own Biosphere” for Earth Day.
2016 : Speaker for Mothers on preparing your own baby food infant to toddler. Burlingame Mothers Club 1,400 members.
2017 - 2018: contracted work. Corporate chef for national brand, Club Pilates. San Carlos, Ca. Demonstration chef and featured monthly writer for the clubs healthy lifestyle blog.
2011 - 2012 : Bay Area Parent Magazine, Dominican Publishing—Contributing monthly column writer, arranged by Gigi
2012 - 2013: Parenting in the Peninsula, contributing monthly column writer. A monthly journal for San Mateo County Parents
January, 2013: Contra Costa Times— contributing mention, “Dorm room cooking lets college kids go gourmet”
April / May, 2016: The Autism File Magazine — Digital magazine, International. 2100 words, “Food Fights, winning the picky eating battle in ten easy steps”. Arranged by Gigi. See article here pages 20-23
August, 2016 : Healthy Mothers Magazine —Digital blog, Contributing guest writer. 41,000 readers.
Ongoing: 30 Second Mom and 30 Second Food — Digital blog and online community— Featured contributor. 800 words. 43,000 readers.
On-going. Urban Gardeners Republic Magazine— Digital blog, Contributing quartly writer. 900-2200 words. 53,400 readers.
August, 2016: Featured in The Entrepreneurial Chef Digital Magazine Founder, Mr. Shawn Werner—On-line community supporting mentors and startups in the culinary community.
July, 2017: Contributing writer . Consumers Health Digest - 100-1600 words. Invited by editor. Over 118, 000 readers.
July, 2017: Featured in Melissa’s Global Produce - Los Angeles, Ca. Featured Chef / Blog Post. How to Grill Summer Stone Fruit. Recipe: Cold Green Bean Salad with Grilled nectarines and a warm Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. 1500 words. Arranged by Gigi. Over 100,000 readers
August, 2017: Contributing writer. Consumers Health Digest - 100-1600 words. Invited by editor. Over 118, 000 readers.
August, 2017: Contributing writer collaboration. Consumer Health Digest - 800-1000 words on: Is there a link to food and happiness. https://www.consumerhealthdige...
September, 2017: Contributing writer. Consumers Health Digest 100-1600 words. Invited by editor. Over 118, 000 readers.
October, 2017: Contributing writer. Consumers Health Consumers Health Digest Collaboration on Healthy Cooking Styles - 100 -1600 words. Invited by editor. Over 118, 000 readers.
October, 2017: Invited to host 30 Second Chicago’s, Twitter Chat and lead over 29.4 thousand followers into an engaging meet-up online.
October, 2017: Live Healthy Cooking Demo- Arranged by Gigi for The Club Pilates San Carlos, Roseville and Palo Alto California locations.
November, 2017: Contributing Writer and re-publish on, Urban Gardeners Republic . How to roast squash seeds.
January, 2018 : Food Media Correspondent for 30 Second Food, Chicago. Live streaming at the San Francisco Fancy Food Show, San Francisco , Ca. Live Interviews with: In the Raw ( sugar and sugar substitute manufacture ), Chef Nancy Silverton, of Nancy’s Fancy’s and Le Brea Bakery, Arctic Zero Ice Cream CEO, Numi Tea CEO, Hint Waters, founder and CEO, Bobo Bars CEO and Tony’s Chocolonely.