Sepi Kashanian is one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself and my family. When she walked into my kitchen for the first time, the entire house perked up and smelled delicious. She’s lovely to watch, charming and knowledgeable to talk to as she works, and her smile delights everyone who drops by to see “what’s cooking.” And I haven’t even gotten to the incredible meals yet! Whether it’s conscious family meals or entertaining for twenty, Chef Sepi is spectacular. Her dishes are original and lovely and unbelievably tasty. Several of my friends have already tried to “chef-nap” her away from me. That’s what always happens; guests experience her food and her gracious way of presenting it and suddenly they need to have her, too. She’s always inspired and nurturing and open to collaboration. All that, and you get to feel virtuous for treating your body to such fresh and clean food. Don’t forget to ask her to make fresh pea soup or one of her baked desserts—they kill!