We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Ng and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Berry Good Food is a non-profit organization. The most important factor that has driven my brand is the value system I’ve upheld and honored for all of the producers and farmers responsible for the high quality ingredients used in my cooking. The stories and faces behind the dishes I’ve cooked are the soul and life energy of the meal and are 100% responsible for making the prepared dishes shine at the dinner table. With every bite of food, I hope my clients and guests can feel and taste the love that has brought the dish from the farm to the their table.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My culinary career pathway can best be described as a winding road and is certainly the definition for non-traditional. I began as a sandwich maker at local grocer in my college town, then kept grounded in the food service industry in various settings, from food truck to farmer’s market. Along the way, I learned the importance of following the pathways of positivity and light rather than over investing in toxic relationships. Although difficult at times, following my gut and pursuing positive relationships (work and personal) has paid off more than I could ever have imagined! As I look back on my years cooking, I know that each role I’ve played has been essential to get to this point. If I hadn’t gone through points of toxicity, I would have never figured out what goodness really is.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It’s almost Fall ya’ll, so we’d most definitely be checking out Julian to take in the scenery and of course get a slice of delicious Apple Pie. After gorging on pie, we’d head back west to do some vintage and antique shopping at The Barn Florist & Mercantile, one of my favorite spots for great vintage ware, especially fun, old time kitchen goods! We’d finish out by taking a private farm tour with my friend Jared of Jared’s Real Food on Oma’s Family Farm in Lakeside. Needless to say, it’d be a food-tastic day!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shout out to the organization, Berry Good Food, with whom I’ve been affiliated with in the last 2 years as a volunteer. Their mission to build relationships between San Diegans (and beyond) with the faces behind their dinner plate really struck me early on. They have given me the opportunity to explore my passion of food education through cooking class administration and teaching, and have fostered many treasured relationships between myself and the San Diego food community.
Personal Photo: Studio Luniste