Hey! I'm Rayna, welcome to

One Hungry Jew

In a nutshell, I’m someone with a background in food and journalism that likes to eat a lot and take pictures as I go. I got my first job waitressing at 15 years old in a diner and since then worked my way through the restaurants of David Burke, Alan Stillman, and Danny Meyer. Breakfast at the diner where I worked in Pittsburgh would still be my death row meal. I completed the abbreviated program at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC. However, I mostly learned how to cook from my mother. She was a single parent who worked all day and came home to create magic from the refrigerator for our family every night. Along the way I got a degree in journalism & marketing from Indiana University.  

I have been fortunate to travel quite a bit, and all of my best memories of those trips revolve around food. To me, it is the best window into a new culture. I had sushi at 5am in Tokyo at Tsukiji Market, ate arepas as I walked through Pablo Escobar’s dilapidating house in Medellin, & inhaled street food all over Southeast Asia that probably should have killed me. I could spend every day of my life at La Boqueria in Barcelona, Pikes Place Market in Seattle, or Central Market in Florence. Plant me on a culinary adventure, and I’m a happy camper.

One Hungry Jew has been an exciting journey into food & photography, but the best gift has been the people I’ve gotten to meet and share this with along the way. Drop me a line, say hello, ask me whatever. Thank you for stopping by and sharing what I love with me!