With a diverse culinary background and a passion for sharing her knowledge with food enthusiasts, cooking expert Aida Mollenkamp prepares delicious dishes while answering viewers’ questions on her interactive cooking show, Ask Aida. From recipe and ingredient issues, to advice on kitchen machinery and tools, Aida even offers guidance for impromptu parties, feeding a crowd, make-ahead dishes and timesaving tips. In her new Cooking Channel show, FoodCrafters, Aida is a modern forager, seeking out artisanal foods and telling the stories of how they’re made and the people behind them.
Growing up with an Italian-American mother and a French stepmother, Aida was always surrounded by good food. Eventually, she made her way into the kitchen and discovered her true passion for cooking. In the years since, Aida has worked everywhere from a gourmet deli and California Pizza Kitchen to the Hotel Bel-Air and, most recently, at CHOW.com.
Having studied hospitality management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Aida worked at Ernst & Young in hotel and restaurant consulting before traveling to Europe to attend culinary school at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Paris. She lived between Florence, Italy, and Paris, France, for two years and graduated with a Grand Diplôme in 2004.
In January 2005, Aida joined the editorial staff at San Francisco-based CHOW.com, a website created for food and drink enthusiasts. As the food editor, Aida fulfilled many roles. She regularly appeared in instructional videos for the site, served as an expert spokesperson, ran the test kitchen, worked as a lead food stylist, developed recipes and wrote informative articles.
When not working, Aida continues to live the life of a food fiend, whether seeking the hottest restaurants, searching for the newest artisanal products or hosting her friends and family at laid-back dinner parties and lively cocktail hours. She currently resides in San Francisco.