Niki Leone

My life has revolved around food for as long as I can remember. I had a home cooked meal with my family every night throughout my adolescence (you rock, mom) and always thought that was the norm until I got older. It wasn’t until then that I truly appreciated the hard work and effort of my Mom & Dad and how they made that possible for me. They always instilled in me how important that was for a family. It was because of my parents that my passion for food was born.

I am half Italian, a quarter Irish and a quarter Luxembourgish (yes that is a nationality and a country). I have strong food-forward cultures running through my veins, to say the least. One on hand, I was raised calling tomato sauce "gravy" and pasta "macaroni" and on the other hand, I was eating the classic Irish dinner, Hamburger stew. Then, my Luxembourgish grandmother, Margot, showed me the precision and simplicity there was to cooking, which she learned growing up in Europe. She plays a large part in my love for food. Whether it was pork chops and mashed potatoes, or a green salad, her food came out beautifully. Everything was perfect from the size of the chopped vegetables, to the consistencies of her soups and the sweetness of her pies. Oh and NOTHING was ever lukewarm or cold (how could you)?! The combination of these vastly different cultures makes me a well-rounded chef. It wasn’t until I was living on my own and truly experimenting every night with different recipes that The Millennial Chef became a reality.

The Millennial Chef is the combination of old-school culinary traditions, mixed with the efficiency that Millennials demand. I come up with recipes that are easy, healthy, AND delicious. Food is something that brings people together and no matter your socio-economic status, race, gender, or who you love, we can all agree that everyone speaks the language of food. It is what I love most about it. I hope that my recipes find their way to your tables!

Enjoy xx