As a child, I expressed myself through art. I fell in love with the process of drawing and painting, telling the story on the canvas. As I grew older, I found my second passion in science. My curiosity of science drove me to understand biology; the story of life. I found that these two interests of mine fell into the interdisciplinary realm of the culinary arts. I soon was experimenting in the kitchen with different recipes and artfully plating and photographing my dishes. Never did I think I would find my true, ultimate passion pulling from both of my hobbies. I want to show food is a creation and can be made by anyone. It is never too late to start your culinary journey. Food can be approachable, delicious and the perfect conversation starter. Start your journey by checking out some of Sauced Up! Food’s delicious recipes, after you learn a little more about us.
You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.– Paul Prudhomme
Staley Lane CEO, Food Creator and Artistic Design
I was adopted from China when I was 1 year old. I never knew my birth parents, but never really cared. I was in a home that surrounded me with love. As I grew up, I tried a wide variety of different kinds of cuisine. In fact, my appetite for food only grew bigger and bigger with every new dish. I would get looks from people as they would see a small toddler trying and loving foods they were too skeptical to taste. I grew up with an appreciation for food, the work that went behind it, and the time it took to create the plate. I often found myself too busy with my studies to try to recreate the dish and relied on the professionals (and Trader Joe’s) to make what I ate. It dawned on me as I worked through college that if I want good food, I need to learn to make it myself. Just like my biology labs, I too needed to get experimenting. I did a deep dive through social media to find chefs and their recipes to try. The exploration of science in the kitchen paired with the artful design of the plate immediately got me hooked. And with that, I finally found my passion. Over the next couple of years, I made as many of my meals as possible. I would cook side-by-side with YouTube videos following every step. I worked to understand the fundamentals, so I could begin to add my own creative spin. It was extremely rewarding to take that first bite after learning a new recipe. I soon came to find out that cooking didn’t have to be difficult, yet there is this perception that it is complicated, time consuming, or it is just not meant for “me”. But I want to show people through my recipes that cooking is approachable. I want to build confidence in the kitchen and conversations at the table!
Eddie Gonzalez COO, Editor Videographer, and Virtual Design lead
I love to eat, so having a girlfriend that loves to cook is a win-win for both of us! Being able to combine my passion of photography and videography with Staley’s culinary skills has led to incredible personal growth. Working with some of our favorite brands, while sharing our content with friends, family, and supporters, has created an ongoing sense of purpose that we continually cherish. My academic background as an engineer has also allowed Sauced Up Foods to take an analytical approach to content in our ever-changing social media presence.