As a chef, food stylist, and culinary consultant, Taji Marie empowers people to enjoy life – both in and out of the kitchen – by trusting their instincts. She believes in making uncomplicated food that is seasonal, unexpected, and deeply satisfying; she cooks in order to bring people together to share the simple pleasure of a great meal. Her Northern California roots show up in her rustic culinary aesthetic and commitment to seasonal cooking.
For over a decade, Taji has been feeding Southern California via her co-owned catering company, The Simple Gourmet Kitchen, where she provides world class athletes (LA Kings, LA Clippers and LA Galaxy) with nutritious meals. In 2013 she gained recognition for winning the Food Network’s TV competition, Chopped.
Most recently, Taji Marie is partnering with other businesses (Tipple & Ramble and Grow DTLA) to provide her culinary expertise, joie-de-vivre-cooking style, unique recipes and management techniques. She also provides recipe development and food styling services to other chefs' cookbooks and media appearances. Taji Marie’s recipes, musings, and culinary inspiration can be found on her blog, trusturgut.com.