Wellness, beauty and happiness begin with wholesome ingredients.
We have created The Secret Ingredient Girls to share our passion for food, cooking and wellness with others. We love to eat, shop and cook.
We believe that great food, and really everything good in life, begins with wholesome ingredients. We believe that cooking with tasty and nourishing ingredients at home is the best way to stay healthy, because knowing exactly what goes into our bodies elevates the healing power of food.
We love what we do and believe in the power of women to be a force in uniting the world through food. Over time we hope to nurture a community willing to share its time-tested secret ingredients with one another. For now though, we have created this space filled with ingredients that we love and hold dear.
Find your secret ingredient!
She was born and raised in Turin, Italy; The town where the bond to your own family is as strong as the one for beautiful food and good wines. At the age of 17 she had the good fortune to move to California, the land where clean but powerful food is worshiped and where eventually she graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She then moved to New York to work in advertising. Following a distinguished and award-winning career as an art director on Madison Avenue, she pursued culinary training at ICC in NYC and Cordon Bleu in London.
She worked at Michelin-star kitchens in Europe, the Ritz Carlton in London, and Ottolenghi. She founded, her creative food group Strawberry and Sage. She appears on Food Network shows. After Chef Chris Santos declared her dessert: “The best dessert on this show ever,” she became the first professional woman chef in Connecticut to win Chopped, the award-winning show on Food Network. She has returned on Food Network as one of 16 chefs competing in the last season of Chopped Champions.
She has a cooking series on FabFItFun.com. She is the lead chef, recipe developer and spoke person for Realeats.com a healthy meal delivery service and she is featured in a series of videos and articles in Saveur. Her work and recipes have been mentioned and published among other publications in Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Parents Magazine, TeenVogue, Readers Digest, Thrillist, Refinery29, Country Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Independent.
She makes appearances on morning TV shows, you can see her often on Cnn, abc and Dr. OZ.
Silvia is a frequent key speaker and a leading panelist and she is considered an expert with extensive experience in the food and media industry. She is also a member of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance and the Toklas Society.
Most importantly she is the proud mother of two beautiful and always hungry children.
Silvia's Secret Ingredient: Sea Salt. While Swimming of the coast of greece I was taught to dip a freshly picked, ripe tomato in sea salted water and then eat it while PEACEFULLY floating in the mediterranean. I never looked back.
Alina Lawrence is one of just a few women olive oil experts in the US. She received her training and certification in olive oil sensory analysis from the National Organization of Olive Oil Tasters (ONAOO) in Imperia, Italy and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Sciences at the University of California at Davis.
Her talent and passion, combined with years of training, have helped her become a highly sought-after olive oil consultant. Her success in educating producers, importers, food distributors and chefs recently culminated in a job leading a new line of olive oil to market for one of the top five largest food companies in the US.
Alina also owned Olivette, a boutique olive oil tasting room in CT with locations in Darien, Westport and Norwalk, where she was awarded a “Snail of Approval” from Slow Food for her contributions to quality, authenticity and sustainability.
Alina has served as a judge for the Connecticut Specialty Food Awards and is also a member of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance. Her love of food stems from her relationship with her grandmother, who taught her to respect and value high quality ingredients. Their time in the garden together growing fresh vegetables and raising livestock always ended happily in the kitchen preparing amazing meals from scratch.
Upon meeting several years ago, Silvia and Alina discovered that they share the same passions: cooking, traveling and living a high-quality life to the fullest. The idea of a partnership came naturally as their beautiful friendship developed.
Alina's Secret Ingredient:A drizzle of Pungent olive oil on everything from toast to ice cream and of course, Her UNPARALLELED sense of smell