Our Little Sous Chef whisking up a cup of Matcha

Our Philosophy

We believe each and every meal we enjoy together is an opportunity for learning, bonding, and family fun! From sourcing ingredients to deciding what to eat, preparing, and cooking the food; from taking that first bite to cleaning up afterward; and all of the conversations throughout, we believe every member of the family–from infants to adults–can and should be deeply involved in each and every step of the process.

Our Story

We are an American family of hands-on learners who ran an International Montessori School in Japan for many years before deciding to travel the world. Our kitchen has always been a place of learning. We want to use this space to stay connected to our international family, to share lessons from our various global kitchens, and to continue to build a like-minded community of learners. Welcome!

Who’s in the Kitchen?

Karen Ricks Smiles in the Orange Grove

Karen M. Ricks

Head Chef

A Montessorian from childhood, Karen loves to talk food, loves to cook, and loves to eat. When she’s not singing in the kitchen, you might find her curled up under a warm blanket reading a cookbook or a food blog.

Our Little Sous Chef

Our Little Sous

Sous Chef and Head Taster

Our Little Sous has been helping in the kitchen since infancy, reaching out from his sling on mommy’s hip to participate in all the cooking. His favorite meal usually includes scrambled eggs or pasta with a tomato sauce from scratch, which he prepares all by himself.

dave weightlifting

Dave Varnes

Chef de Partie

As a self-proclaimed carnivore of the highest order, Dave is more than happy to fire up the grill on short notice (preferably wood, but gas will do in a pinch). He’s also OK with washing up when his cooking skills aren’t required.