Welcome to our kitchen! We’re Jess and Frank, the partnership (in life and work) behind the Inquiring Chef kitchen. We live in Kansas City with our three daughters who are our best, and most demanding, taste-testers.

We created Inquiring Chef in 2010 during the five years we lived in Bangkok, Thailand. Many new readers (hi!) find us through our Thai recipes or our Culinary Camps.

This website celebrates healthyish, homemade food for real life – vegetable-forward dinners, nutritious breakfasts, and easy desserts. All of our recipes go through a rigorous testing process in our home kitchen, are perfected by a professional recipe tester, and are made by a small group of volunteers before we publish them on the pages of this website.

These are recipes you can feel great about serving the people around your table (even if, as our children often do, they refuse to eat the broccoli in those saucy noodles). 

Jess – Recipe Developer & Photographer

Jess spent nearly a decade as Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts where her healthyish approach to cooking reached thousands of home cooks. Jess’s recipes have been featured in popular online publications like ParadeHallmarkHonest Cooking, Raddish KidsLivestrongSelfYahooNBCHuffPost, Punchkfork, and She Knows.

Her first cookbook, Start with a Vegetable will be available in late 2024.

On any given day, you can likely find Jess in the kitchen baking five slightly different versions of vegan chocolate cupcakes while stirring a batch of ramen and cooking curried chickpeas in the Instant Pot. It’s a delicious job.

Contact Jess at jess [at] inquiringchef.com.

Frank – Site Strategist & Chief Mixologist

Frank is a classic INFP, jack-of-all-trades and has been traveling the world on his stomach for three decades. He worked for Peace Corps in Eastern Europe and Asia. After getting an MBA in Spain, his love of blogging led him to Hallmark in 2016 where manages content and social media. Frank manages overall site and content strategy for Inquiring Chef and works behind the scenes as official taste-tester and drink-pairing expert.

Frank can likely be found creating elaborate spreadsheets to keep our 1000+ recipes organized and shaking up our favorite cocktails at the end of long recipe testing days.

Contact Frank at frank [at] inquiringchef.com.