Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Aida Mollenkamp (born 1980) is a chef, television personality, and writer. Her Food Network series, the interactive program Ask Aida, began airing on August 2, 2008 and has filmed three seasons. Starting May 31st, her second show, Foodcrafters, for the Food Network’s new sister network, Cooking Channel will launch. In Foodcrafters, she’ll leave the kitchen to uncover handmade food finds from around the nation.
Mollenkamp received a B.S. in hospitality management from Cornell University. Following this, she worked as a hotel and restaurant consultant at Ernst & Young, then moved to Europe, living between Florence, Italy and Paris, France for two years. She attended culinary school and received a Grand Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in 2004.
Over the years, she has worked at several different restaurants and hotels in the United States (including California Pizza Kitchen and the Hotel Bel-Air, both located in Los Angeles, California).
Following her return to the U.S., Mollenkamp became a founding editor at the San Francisco, California-based CHOW.com online food magazine starting in January 2005.
Her mother is Italian American and her stepmother is French, both of whom helped foster her passion for cooking while she was growing up in Southern California. Aida has also prepared recipes on her show inspired by her sister Ivy and their grandmother. Ivy also serves as Aida's public relations manager.
Aida currently lives in San Francisco, California.
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