Hey y’all! My name is Jessica Segarra and I am the face behind The Novice Chef. I am also a wife to Jorge, mama to twins Ellie & Lyla and my son Milo. My kids are my life and I love that both girls share a love of cooking with me. We also have a whole brood of pets running around picking up any dropped scraps in the kitchen — I can never turn away a stray!
I am a trial and error, self taught, sugar addict who taught herself how to survive in the kitchen, one recipe at a time. I like to live by the 80/20 rule. 80% healthy & 20% of living your life. So, I share both healthy & cheat day recipes! 🤤
I grew up sandwiched between my grandmother, who specializes in true cajun gumbo, and my mother, who makes the best banana pudding, ever. With those two amazing women running through my blood, it was impossible for food to not become the center of my life.
Thankfully, I am no longer as novice as the blog name suggests. I used to be, trust me. Jorge can attest to my prior novice status when I started this little blog in 2008.
I grew up washing dishes and eating, but I didn’t spend a ton of time behind the stove until I got married. I used to spend my nights stumbling around the kitchen making the few family recipes I knew by heart and take out. These days things are thankfully much different.
I am a misplaced Texan that has been living in Tampa, Florida since 2007. I have an obsession with big layered cakes, I never have the same hair color 3 months in a row and I will eat Cap’n Crunch until the day I die.
In 2012, I conquered a dream of mine and wrote a cookbook! Well, I actually ended up writing TWO cookbooks that year! My first cookbook was Mini Donuts and my second cookbook was Cereal Sweets & Treats. I am so proud to have written and photographed both books! But my true love and passion lives here in this blog, sharing recipes as soon as I make them with all of you.