About Pairs Well With Food

Thanks for stopping by Pairs Well With Food. Please kick off your shoes and make yourself at home – mi casa es su casa.

Here we operate on the belief that with a little curiosity, life can be a lot more delicious. Be it in the meals you make, the parties you plan, the gifts you give, or the travels you take, we’re here to inspire you to explore everyday.


About Aida Mollenkamp

A California girl through and through, Aida was raised on the beaches of SoCal and still finds the most relaxing moments ones where there’s a soundtrack of waves crashing on the beach.

She splits her time between California and the road and lives for the laid back elegance that defines the Golden State. Just as California has influenced Aida, so has her family – a modern day Brady Bunch if you will. With divorced and remarried parents and six siblings with every permutation of relation, they’re a sort of E.U. of a family. A bit Irish, Dutch, Italian, and French, so cured meat, cheese, and good alcohol are their common dialects.

Through the years, Aida has lived north, south, east, and across the pond, but California has always been her first love. The sense of adventure, mix of cultures, and laid back attitude inspire her cooking to be what it is today – effortless, fresh, yet a bit adventurous.

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Aida’s Biography

Aida started cooking in high school but decided to make it her career when she attended Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. There she dreamt of working at a food magazine and went for it when she moved to Paris to hone her kitchen skills at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Her time in Europe included time in Florence where she learned to speak Italian and cook the food.

In January 2005 Aida joined the CHOW  editorial team, eventually becoming the magazine’s Food Editor. During her five years at CHOW, she got my hands in everything from researching and writing to recipe development, food styling, and video hosting. Food Network came across her work and Ask Aida premiered in 2008. In her second show, foodCrafters, Aida discovered handmade foods from around the nation; it first aired on the Cooking Channel in 2010. Her cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen, was published by Chronicle Books in 2012.

In 2013, Aida began hosting the Yahoo! series, In The Pantry, Entertaining 1:01 and Cooking 1:01 and she’s now part of the duo behind the tongue-in-cheek series, Domestic Partners. Aida spends her free time exploring, be it hanging with friends,  listening to live music, traveling, or, of course, cooking.


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Have something pressing to ask Aida? Email Aida at contact[at]aidamollenkamp.com

For editorial or advertising inquiries, email Aida or our Editorial Team.

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