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Chef Kristina is a Chef at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe. She a newcomer to the Sierra Chef Challenge AND the challenge’s first female competitor!

Kristina is 24 years old and decided at 15  that she wanted to cook professionally. She grew up in North Carolina, which provides southern influence in her food.  She enjoys experimenting with Cantonese, Thai and Mexican food. Her brother and grandmother started her on cooking at home and professionally. Kristina came to the Hard Rock in February from Las Vegas where she was involved with the Woman in Culinary Leadership Grant through the James Beard Foundation.

“I fell in love with food because of the inability to learn everything about it, there is always something new or old that I haven’t seen yet. Learning every day from everyone around me.”

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