i once was shy

but now mostly idgaf.


Hey there! I’m Rayna. A few of you might know me as a TV chef on the show Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street on U.S. public television (now fortified with an Emmy®!). People often tell me I have natural confidence about me, a powerful presence, an infectious playful streak. I’ve come to accept these things as true — but it wasn’t always that way.

As a kid, I was painfully shy: glasses and pigtails and pimples, my nose buried in a book, afraid of saying the wrong thing (or anything), my heart filled with fear and doubt and yearning. I was curious, intelligent, talented; but also deeply ashamed of who I was inside.

It took time and work and a lot of very messy falls, but I slowly became more aware of myself, started learning to love myself a little more, and eventually began boldly sharing my true self — my mad, mischievous, weird, quirky, kickass self — with the world.

Now I provide for others what I always wish I’d had: the permission, safety, and guidance to playfully overcome emotional fear and confidently enjoy life as the glorious being you really are. Sometimes there’s even food involved.

If you’d like to read more about my journey or know about upcoming events, classes, and workshops I’m doing, get on my list below.

From all of me to all of you,

Rayna x


on instagram @the.rayna.sense