Jess Starwood is a forager, plant-based chef, and herbalist with a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine (American College of Healthcare Sciences). She teaches wild food and herbalism classes in the greater Los Angeles area for adults as well as children in public school and homeschool groups. She hosts monthly wild food tasting events featuring her latest culinary creations. She forages local wild foods and herbs for several Michelin starred restaurants in Los Angeles.
She is also the co-founder of the Farm + Forest CSA program.
In December 2019, Jess was recognized as one of the most creative chefs in Ventura County by Edible Magazine. She is working on her first book on mushrooms.