Monica Castillo was born in Caracas, Venezuela.
From a very young age she learned the true meaning of "farm to table" eating. Her family's business consisted or making artisanal fresh cheese and selling it to gourmet markets in the capital of her country.
Between farming multiple fruits and vegetable and living off the animals from the farm, she has a big understanding of what real food should look and taste like.
As a result, her passion for food and cooking started early on when she was very young, but she only started considering it as a career path when she moved to Paris, France, at the age of 18, and fell in love with french cuisine. She could finally merge her love for cooking and her artistic need for creating. She spent the next three years traveling all over Europe soaking everything she could about different cuisines and ways of cooking.
Since then she lived in New York City and currently resides in Malibu, CA where she graduated at The New School of Cooking at the top of her class with a diploma on the Culinary Arts.
Her specialty is sophisticated home cooking with a rustic twist. She also takes pride in her consciousness for sourcing the best possible ingredients, including fresh, organic and local as much as possible. That means supporting our local farmers!
To her, food is fuel but also nurture and love! She guarantees a beautiful and delicious adventure in every dish she makes.
She now lives in Malibu with her husband, two young kids and an adorable pitbull where she enjoys being involved in this amazing community, playing tennis, hiking and living a full healthy life.