Chef Aida Mollenkamp

Chef, television personality and food writer

Aida followed her passion for cooking as a teenager, at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and later honed her skills at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. She became Food Editor at Chow magazine, where she worked for five years before hosting her own Food Network television show, Ask Aida, in 2008. Aida’s second show, FoodCrafter, first aired on the Food Channel in 2010. Her cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen, was published in October 2012.


Aida’s cooking style is west coast eclectic as she combines fresh, seasonal, whole ingredients with the ethnic flavors of contemporary California. Though her food is rooted in European techniques and Mediterranean ingredients, she takes artistic license to mix things up for recipes that are creative, reliable, easy and healthy.


“In my cookbook, the first advice I give to readers is to know where their food comes from. Part of that knowledge means seeking out and using products and ingredients that are humanely raised.”


Learn more about Humane Table chef Aida Mollenkamp, including her Keys To The Kitchen cookbook, at


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Poultry recipe from her website:


  • Country: United States