Jessica Lewis is the director of operations for two of Pittsburgh’s hottest new restaurants, or, the Whale and Merchant Oyster Co. The former contestant on Hell’s Kitchen and alumna of the Smallman Galley’s incubator program, Lewis came to Pittsburgh from the NYC restaurant scene to run the Steelers’ catering program, and opened the Hotel Monaco’s Commoner and Biergarten restaurants.

Her latest project is the upcoming Raw Vegan Dinner Series, held at Heirloom Superfood Market. Jessica talked to Kim and Natalie about her philosophy behind cooking (or not cooking) and her approach to food.