I’m stoked to you’re visiting my little corner of the World Wide Web! My name is Daniela and welcome Waves in the Kitchen.
I’m a surfer turned chef turned food photographer turned content creator extraordinaire!
As the name suggests, Waves in the Kitchen combines my two all time favorite loves in life…cooking and surfing! Heaviest on recipe and sprinkled with a bit of travel, it’s all about embracing adventurous living from the kitchen to the water… just like me!
I embraced all things cooking when I severely broke my back right around my 30thbirthday and was desperately searching for how to spend my time in the thick of healing while homebound and barely mobile. I found a quietness in the kitchen I had never ever experienced. I generally have multiple conversations going on in my head in multiple languages at a time! But not while cooking! It was a quietness I had never found before and my love for cooking absolutely positively blossomed from there. I LOVED it!!!
I found Northern Cali too cold for all the new hardware I had nailed into my spine and began spending lots and lot and lots of time working remotely in Kauai. It was on island that I had the epiphany to career transition. Everyone always says to do what you love. And I loved surfing. But had no clue who would pay me for it. I wasn’t even that good. But I get I could find people to pay me to cook for them the thinking went. I decided to work as a private chef. There’s a huge demand and a very low supply in Kauai. I networked with vacation rental companies and other chefs, put the chef hat on and haven’t taken it off since!
About a year and change later I moved my business back to SF. My friends told me that my hippy surfing persona was cute and all but if I wanted to have a business in the Bay Area I had to get on the social media bandwagon.
Instagram here I come! I took a picture of berries with my iPhone and had another epiphany thinking, WOWWWW; I could really get into this food photography thang!
6 month after that I taught myself to learn to use a DSLR camera and just like that my food photography business was born.
Since then I worked on dozen of campaigns with brands I know and love, creating deliciously wonderful content!
And you can learn all about how I became a surfer in Israel here!
Thanks for joining me on this wild healing journey, as I cook & find beauty in all the simple things around me. I’ll be sharing delicious recipes and rad adventures, inspiring you to live a more healthful plant filled life, filled with joy and gratitude.
Services I offer
My services include private chef, catered events, kid & adult cooking classes, meal drop offs, recipe development, food photography & styling, sponsored posts, content creation and brand ambassadorship.
I love partnering with brands and products I believes in.