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, but she is also the former academic director who authored and implemented the famed culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu, Hospitality and Restaurant Management program. During her time as an academic director, she 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 on how to shop, prep, cook, eat and live better.
PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA EXPERIENCE
FOOD FIGHT, FOR PARENTS OF PICKY EATERS | Koehler Publishing
LEARNING WITH LITTLE LULU LEMON | Co- Authored | Homefires Publishing | A practical hand on learning guide for kids | Ages 3-10 years | Anchors Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies
A CHEF'S FIRST ACTIVITY GUIDE | A handful of activities to teach children on how to be safe in the kitchen | Kids ages 3- 10 years | Anchors Fine Motor Skill and Safety
COOTIE PROTECTION | A coloring book and recipe guide to teach kids how and why to work clean in the kitchen, which are the first steps a professional chef takes in safety and sanitation certification. Cootie Protection breaks this important information down into a fun, playful language a child can understand. Every kid cooking school should begin here | Ages 3-10 years | Anchors Science
EAT YOUR OWN BIOSPHERE | A handful of activities to teach children and tweens how to be mindful of sustainability through the kitchen and garden, just like professional chefs have done for years. Includes activities to grow herbs and learn about composting. Filled with recipes to use and anchors Earth Science. This activity guide was originally built in 2004 for Chef Gigi's local school district and used in Earth Day celebrations at elementary schools. Still a favorite, Eat your own biosphere is on it's third reprint | Ages 7-14 years | Great for Earth Day celebrations or fun engaging project at home for the whole family, classroom teachers, and homeschoolers alike.
TELEVISION AND RADIO APPEARANCES
SAC & CO ABC 10 - Live with Host Melissa Crowley. July 4th Segment. Watch here
SAC & CO.. ABC 10 - Live with host Melissa Paul. Watch here
NPR Radio - Live with host and shows producer: Jill Nadeau Chef Gigi was an invited guest of the show, taking callers and discussing her book.
WKBK FM Talk Radio- Live with host Luca Paris, 94.1 FM "What's Cooking " Morning Show. Saga Communications, New Hampshire
WKRC AM Talk Radio - Live with host Brian Thomas, "The Brian Thomas Morning Show", iheart Radio. Cincinnati, Ohio.
WNPV-AM Radio- Live interview with Darryl Berger and Joe LeCompte, and Jeff Nolan, Landsdale PA.
Radio Disney, 60 minute segment about kids cooking in the kitchen.
Disney in the Park, San Jose, Ca. Filmed, live cooking demonstration.
Radio Disney, 24 seasonal radio spots.
NBC Eye on the Bay. Live cooking class.
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.
KNBR 25 Radio commercials on my platform of healthy food, healthy families and healthy kids.
Radio Disney 15 commercials on my advice on eating techniques for happy healthy mealtimes with the family.
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.
Good Morning Sacramento, live television- demonstrating healthy cooking segment.
NPR Radio : WGVU News Magazine. Morning Talk Show, with award winning public affairs host Shelley Irwin. Grand Rapids, MI.
The Rick Limpert Show Listen here Atlanta Georgia 175K listeners. Rick is an Atlanta-based freelance writer that covers events, sports and technology on a regional and national basis. He writes a daily tech column for Examiner.com, weekly pieces for CBS Atlanta and monthly for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"Conversations Live" with host, Cyrus Webb. "An Interactive way for those in entertainment and the arts to come together and discuss what ignites them. Conversations address current events and discussion on them. "
LIVE APPEARANCES, PANELS AND EVENTS
California Culinary Academy, Graduation Announcer, 625 Graduates, 3000 in attendance.
Le Cordon Bleu, San Francisco , Ca., Commencement Key Note Speaker, 250 management students graduates, 850 guests.
Promotional co marketing and activities with The Little Gym Inc. and Bay Area Parent Magazine. A national play and exercise program franchise.
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.
Keynote Speaker, Lunch Masters Inc. annual parent night. San Francisco Bay Area school districts.
National School Lunch Convention. San Jose , Ca. Represent The Lunch Masters Inc.
Food Talk Podcast. 60 minutes weekly topics on, Food and Beverage Radio.
Contracted by IDEO as expert panelist regrading new children's food products for their sequestered client.
San Carlos, Ca. Art and Wine Festival: Appeared as a demonstrator and festival participant.
Featured chef for cooking demonstrations for Draeger's Cooking School. San Mateo and Danville, Ca.
Appeared at Hiller Aviations “Noon Years Eve” Toddler New Years Eve celebration hosted by Dominican Publishing.
First annual, “San Francisco Food Festival”. A public demonstration to present on how healthy dark chocolate is and produced for consumers. Anchored with a demonstration class I developed called, "Don't wash the dish, eat them", how to make chocolate dessert bowls at home.
Consult for Conagra Foods on cooking class for children and flavor associations including demonstrations of live classes with children, ages 3-8.
San Mateo County Fair - Live cooking demonstrations.
Stanford Mall - Invited speaker and demonstrator for, Kidz Club Inc.
Speaker on a recorded teleconference series by National Homeschooling expert Diane Flynn Keith - owner of Homefires.com
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.
Culinary demonstration, Macy’s Union Square, San Francisco , Ca.
Culinary demonstration, Bloomingdales, Union Square San Francisco , Ca.
Hollywood Ca., Red carpet appearance, for Taste Television Awards.
Speaker and Culinary Demonstrator. The International Chocolate Salon. Taste Television San Francisco California.
Tasting Judge for The International Chocolate Salon-San Francisco, California.
Invited, expert tasting panel judge for International Chocolate Awards LLC, Americans and Pacific Rim, New York City.
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.
Encino Elementary School, Menlo Park, Ca. Guest lecture and demonstration. class designed by Chef Gigi, “ Eat Your Own Biosphere” for Earth Day.
Speaker for Mothers on preparing your own baby food infant to toddler. Burlingame Mothers Club 1,400 members.
Corporate chef for national brand, Club Pilates. San Carlos, Ca. Demonstration chef and featured monthly writer for the clubs healthy lifestyle blog.
Grok Nation (UVM 148,959) Published, Mayim Bialik Actress [ Big Bang Theory] and Real Life Neuroscientist's, Founder. Editor Dalene Rovenstine assigned Avital Norman.
Scary Mommy (UVM 15.5 million) Scary Mommy was acquired in 2015 by a New York media company.
Consumers Health Digest. On what motivated Chef Gigi to write her latest book, Food Fight For Parents of Picky Eaters Watch Here / Read Here :
Patty Holland of Chatty Patty's Place. ( UVM 622,000 ) Top 100 Mom Blogs Award for 2018 over . Read Here
Frankiie Beauty Mommy Blogger , ( UVM 10,000 ) video review
Daddy Blogger Ricky Shetty. Podcast taped interview
The Firm Happy Mommy Blog. Blogger and social media influencer Brooke Trent posted a great review of the book and shared on her other platforms.
Consumers Health Digest. On what motivated Chef Gigi to write her latest book, Food Fight For Parents of Picky Eaters . Over 2K readers.
Book launch sponsored event with Books Inc. at Athleta, Burlingame Ca. Athlete is a Division of GAP, Old Navy, and Banana Republic.
Eat Drink Madison Blog. Blogger Brian Lee :
The Food Renegade (UVM 431083) Kristen Michaelis.
Greer Today. Don't let Picky Eaters Ruin Your Holidays.
Aleteia for Her (UVM: 10,099) Editor Cynthia Dermody assigned writer Grace Stark.
Everything Mom's Blog, Dealing with your Picky Eater during Holiday Time
Bay Area Parent Magazine, Dominican Publishing—Contributing monthly column writer, arranged by Gigi
Parenting in the Peninsula, contributing monthly column writer. A monthly journal for San Mateo County Parents
Contra Costa Times contributing mention, “Dorm room cooking lets college kids go gourmet”
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
Healthy Mothers Magazine Digital blog, Contributing guest writer. 41,000 readers.
30 Second Mom and 30 Second Food Digital blog and online community— Featured contributor. 800 words. 43,000 readers.
Urban Gardeners Republic Magazine Digital blog, Contributing quartly writer. 900-2200 words. 53,400 readers.
Featured in The Entrepreneurial Chef Digital Magazine Founder, Mr. Shawn Werner—On-line community supporting mentors and startups in the culinary community.
Ongoing Contributing Writer, Consumers Health Digest Over 118, 000 readers.
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
Host 30 Second Chicago’s, Twitter Chat and lead over 29.4 thousand followers into an engaging meet-up online.
Live Healthy Cooking Demo- Arranged by Gigi for The Club Pilates San Carlos, Roseville and Palo Alto California locations.
Contributing Writer and re-publish on, Urban Gardeners Republic . How to roast squash seeds.
Food Media Correspondent for 30 Second Food, Chicago. Conducting live streaming interviews at the San Francisco Fancy Food Show, San Francisco , Ca. 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.
Food Fight, Why Bribery Doesn't Work , Bay Area Parent Magazine.
Chicken of Chicken, Family Cooking Tips Column, Bay Area Parent Magazine.
Healthy Habit Help , In Health, Fitness & Nutrition Column, Bay Area Parent Parenting Magazine.
Lettuce Makes Your Life Easier, Food and Drink Column, Bay Area Parent Magazine
The Definition of Artificial, Health, Fitness,& Nutrition Column, Parenting on the Peninsula Magazine
Honor the Dead With Bread , Culture and History on Food , Kids Culinary Adventures
Twenty First Century Dads Are Smokin', In More Ways Than One!, BBQ, Home and Family Column / Fatherhood - Parenting on the Peninsula Magazine
The New American Lunch Box , BAP Parenting Magazine, Kids and Teens Issue