Hello there! I’m Lillian Lin, the chefitect who is obsessed with designing hospitable spaces and cooking comfort food.

As an architecture student at the University of Southern California, I underwent countless stressful days and sleep-deprived nights. To help me deal with the stresses of school, I began cooking comfort food and baking sweets for my fellow sleep-deprived classmates.

During this time,I began seeing the parallels between what I was learning in the classroom and what I was cooking in the kitchen. Just as architectural diagrams narrate the process of creating a building, recipes provide step-by-step instructions to create delicious meals. So I decided to approach cooking the same way I approach architectural design.

Whenever I write a recipe, I also draw constructive diagrams for how each recipe is assembled, in the way I draw constructive diagrams for a building.

After living in Tokyo for over 2 years, I am now living in Los Angeles, working as an Architect for Arquitectonica. In my free time, I can be found exploring through cafes and cities with my camera, blogging adventures, fervently cooking, styling, collaborating with other chefs, diagramming recipes and fusing my architecture and culinary passions together in my food blog: The ChefCharette.

For specific questions, interests in photos, or collaborative projects, send me an email at thechefcharette@gmail.com!