Aida Mollenkamp

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Aida Mollenkamp
Born (1980-04-15) April 15, 1980 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California
Education Cornell University
Le Cordon Bleu
Culinary career
Cooking style Eclectic Californian

Aida Marianne Mollenkamp (born April 15, 1980) [1] is a chef, television personality, and food writer from Manhattan Beach, California.

Manhattan Beach, California City in California, United States

Manhattan Beach is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States, on the Pacific coast south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach. Manhattan Beach is one of the three Beach Cities that make up the South Bay. Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach is ranked in the top 1% of high schools nationally. In 2017, Forbes ranked Manhattan Beach at #66 on its list of America's most expensive zip codes with a median home price of $3,150,204. According to a May 18, 2017 PropertyShark study the City of Manhattan Beach 90266 zip code ranked as the 32nd most expensive zip code in the United States. According to a December 2017 PropertyShark study the City of Manhattan Beach had the highest median price per square foot for residential properties of all 88 cities in L.A. County. Malibu had the second highest median price per foot at $933 per square foot and Beverly Hills was third at $839 per square foot.


Early life

Mollenkamp grew up in Southern California and attended Rolling Hills Country Day and Chadwick School in Los Angeles. Before she got interested in cooking, she played soccer, tennis, did classical ballet, and other extracurricular activities including music and volunteering. In high school, a skiing accident rendered her temporarily unable to dance and she turned to cooking as a means of expressing herself creatively. [2]

Chadwick School

Chadwick School is a nonsectarian independent K-12 day school located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Specifically it is located at the top of the neighborhood referred to as Academy Hill, which is bounded by a canyon, a precipice, Crenshaw Boulevard, and Palos Verdes Drive North.

Education and career

Mollenkamp attended the Cornell Hotel School and graduated with a B.S. in hospitality management from Cornell University. [3] Following this, she worked in hospitality real estate consulting at Ernst & Young, then moved to Europe, living between Florence, Italy and Paris, France for two years. She attended culinary school and received a Grand Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in 2004. [3] Over the years, she has worked at several restaurants and hotels in the United States (including Chez Melange, California Pizza Kitchen, and the Hotel Bel-Air, in Los Angeles, California). [3] Following her return to the U.S. in 2005, Mollenkamp became an editor at the San Francisco, California-based online food magazine.

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Cornell University private university in Ithaca (New York, US)

Cornell University is a private and statutory Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell's founding principle, a popular 1868 Ezra Cornell quotation: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."

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Food Network and Cooking Channel

Mollenkamp's first Food Network series, the interactive cooking program Ask Aida , began airing on August 2, 2008 and filmed three seasons. [4] Her second show, FoodCrafters for Food Network's new sister network, Cooking Channel, debuted May 31, 2010. [5] In FoodCrafters, she leaves the kitchen to uncover handmade food finds from around the nation.

Food Network American TV channel

Food Network is an American pay television channel that is owned by Television Food Network, G.P., a joint venture and general partnership between Discovery, Inc. and Tribune Media. Despite this ownership structure, the channel is managed and operated as a division of Discovery Networks U.S. The channel airs both special and regular episodic programs about food and cooking.

Ask Aida is an interactive cooking show on the Food Network hosted by Aida Mollenkamp. The show began airing on August 2, 2008. On Ask Aida, Noah Starr serves as the "tech guru" sorting through then asking the many culinary questions sent to Mollenkamp via email, text, phone calls and video. Also during each episode, Noah tries to "stump" Aida with a crazy ingredient or gadget. Each show also has an advertisement telling viewers how they can get a link to that episode's recipes via text message.

FoodCrafters is a food travel show on the Cooking Channel hosted by Aida Mollenkamp. The show debuted on May 31, 2010 and is currently in its second season. It airs on Tuesday evenings on the Cooking Channel. FoodCrafters is produced for Cooking Channel by Citizen Pictures.

Keys To The Kitchen Cookbook

Her first cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming A More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook, was published by Chronicle Books in October 2012.


Mollenkamp's mother is Italian American and her stepmother is French, [6] [7] both of whom helped foster her passion for cooking while she was growing up. Her father is of Lebanese origin. Mollenkamp's cooking style is influenced by her family's origins yet it also was shaped by the multi-ethnic nature of Los Angeles, where she grew up. She has prepared recipes on her show inspired by her family, including her sister Ivy and their grandmother. [2] Mollenkamp's brother, Christophe Lindstrom, was shown on the Dear Food Network Grilling episode titled "Grilling in Paradise." [8]

The French are an ethnic group and nation who are identified with the country of France. This connection may be ethnic, legal, historical, or cultural.

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