Rita Patel has gained a diverse experience with food and cooking techniques coming from a home where every meal was home-cooked and aunts and cousins would gather to discuss creative options. Her love of food and cooking coupled with a lifelong quest to understand what foods were causing different health issues has developed a body of knowledge that she uses to create for others. As an artist, her kitchen is her second studio where she works on how to create feelings – both emotional and physical – through food. Rita feels cooking is an art we are all capable of: “Cooking is the one way that we all can nourish ourselves, love others, be connected to the earth and build communities. A way to truly build with our own hands fullness, health and quality in life…in ours and everywhere around us. With some basics and practice to feel empowered, the juices will start flowing. We learn by doing and it is all about technique and ingredients when distilled down.” Her approach is to form a bridge by introducing new ingredients and techniques within your familiar palette with options of variations and substitutions. She currently teaches private cooking series that culminate in a dinner party and at the Demonstration Kitchen at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan.