Food has always been a passion of mine. It holds some of my first memories from childhood, along with countless hours of exploration and research. I was conceived in Florence, Italy, and spent a large part of my early years going there to visit family, always being surrounded by the fantastic meals they would make. It was my first introduction to the joys of cooking, and countless memories were made by sitting down to a meal with family and friends. When I was ten, my first job involved prepping food at a restaurant while living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Heavily influenced, I vividly remember all the smells and flavors that encompassed their regional cuisine. Around sixteen, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I continued to hone my skills as a chef at various restaurants and private parties around the Bay. By twenty-three, I had my fill of the restaurant grind and moved to Venice, CA, to pursue a career in music. While playing in a band full time, I continued to cook for private parties and friends. It was while living in Los Angeles, surrounded by so many nationalities that I realized I had never lost my affinity for cooking or exploring the vast culture of food.
Fast forward to 2011-2019; I have been busy owning and running Begg Knives, a world-renowned knife company located in Sonoma County, CA. We have been producing some of the highest quality knives in the world for nearly a decade with a track record of awards and acclaim from numerous international publications as well as having a reality show on the Discovery Channel. I feel it is a natural progression to incorporate my passion for cooking, along with my experience in knife making, into a tool that is relevant for the culinary world with which I have been familiar. Along with our team of engineers and craftsmen, we are applying our knowledge of knife making into something beautiful and functional for everyone, from the novice home cook to the meticulous professional chef.