Dr. Elizabeth Kim
Elizabeth’s fascination with early childhood development began when she was 8-years-old and introduced to her newborn brother. Watching him grow from her mother’s belly to a walking-talking child with opinions, she became curious about how children learn and how to best guide them towards healthy and positive development. Her curiosity led her to pursue her studies and research in Boston, California, South Korea, and Singapore. She received a Bachelors in English Literature and psychology minor from Wellesley College, where her favorite course was “The Eaten Word” on food and drinking in medieval literature. She holds a Masters in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education where she investigated how preschoolers trust in others in learning. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California Irvine, specializing in developmental psychology. Her doctoral dissertation was on preschoolers’ healthy eating behaviors in social settings. In her free time, she loves baking desserts for friends, walking her dog in Sentosa, practicing Pilates, and volunteering.
Jennifer grew up in a multicultural environment between Seoul, Singapore and the U.S. Her curiosity and appreciation for the origins of food stemmed from her summers spent at Douglas Ranch in California where she was encouraged from a young age to nurture her natural surroundings. These experiences played an integral part in developing her passion for food and its roots. As such, she has always made food the center of her work in hopes to create a positive impact on the industry. After getting her degree in Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Jennifer worked at an international start-up where she developed food applications for major F&B groups in Southeast Asia and led projects in food and environmental sustainability. While contributing to these various industries, her passion has always been cooking and sharing meals with others. She is an avid believer that the act of cooking is paramount towards the health and well-being of the next generation. Jennifer attended South Korea’s Hansol Culinary School and received her training under Chef Y.S. Shim. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys hosting dinner for friends, playing tennis, and collecting records.