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Extremely versatile chef working in farm to table restaurants throughout New York state.
Chef Krista Espinal’s culinary aspirations were sown from a family rich in the culture of food and hospitality. Her professional journey started in 2006 with a deep rooted connection to culinary artistry that pushed her to excel throughout the lower Hudson Valley. She was trained by some of the area’s most gifted and well known chefs in cuisines ranging from Classic French to Global Fusion. Chef Krista invents her dishes by utilizing the extraordinary local resources of New York, and expounding on them with her incomparable personal style. Chef Krista’s intensity, dedication, and creativity are simultaneously obvious and subtle; with a thoughtful appreciation for the use of texture, flavor, and seasonality that satisfies even the most discerning of palates.
Affectionately known as “Miss Mise”, a moniker taken to express her personal belief in the French cooking term “Mise en Place” or “everything in its place”, Chef Krista Espinal was most recently the Executive chef of Malcolm’s restaurant in the historic stockade of Schenectady, New York. The menu is farm to fork driven that will revolve and change with the rotation of the what the local farmers have available.
Although her most recent televised media was on the Food Network as a competitor on Chopped, she can be found regularly in local culture magazines, at industry events, or teaching the basics of her style at open cooking classes.
For me, cooking is...
Cooking is everything to me. There is nothing else I could imagine myself doing with my life besides being involved in the food service industry.
I learned to cook at...
I am a self taught chef. I grew up with a family who worked in food service. All family gatherings revolved around the kitchen
A role model in the kitchen is...
I would have to say Anthony Bourdain. I will also say my Grand Mother was a very important influence to me throughout my life.
A cooking secret...
My many years of experience in fine dining farm to table establishments.
As a professional Chef, I offer the following services
I can create a menu based on your preferences to enjoy in the comfort of your home in Schenectady. Simply tell me what you're craving!
I can provide catering services in Schenectady for weddings, birthdays, corporate events and more.
Enjoy the services of a private chef during your holidays in Schenectady.
Weekly healthy meals in Schenectady, prepared in your home or delivered once per week
Krista was all around excellent!
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