I first met Sunny at J Records where we worked together in the International Department. In fact, she spent nearly a decade in the music industry before realizing it was time to take a chance on her true passion – food.
Sunny is a Norwegian native and came to New York, by way of Rome, Paris, and San Francisco, 14 years ago. She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in 2005 and also holds a diploma from the WSET [Wine & Spirits Education Trust], as well as several certified credentials from the Society of Wine Educators. She currently has a totally awesome job as a mixologist and lead educator for Heavy Water [an ultra premium vodka brand from Scandinavia]. Sunny met her husband, [then Executive Sous Chef] Mark Gandara, while working the front of the house at the 3-star Scandinavian restaurant, Aquavit, in mid-town Manhattan. How cute is that?! Mark is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has over 10 years experience working in several high profile Manhattan restaurants [such as Union Square Cafe, Alto, and the Russian Tea Room] and with celebrity chefs from across the country.