Tessa Arias is the blogger behind Handle the Heat, a food and recipe blog founded in April of 2009. A college student turned culinary student, Tessa focuses her passion for food on fun, fresh, and flavorful recipes. She loves to share recipes and techniques learned from culinary school with her readers. Handle the Heat has been featured on Food News Journal, Glamour magazine's blog, and Gourmet Live. Tessa also founded the website The Kitchen Generation in February 2011 with four fellow young food bloggers. The Kitchen Generation is a place to share recipes, stories, tips, and techniques and an all-around love for being in the kitchen. Tessa was born in California, lived in Australia, but has called Arizona home for most of her life. When Tessa isn't in school she can be found poring over cookbooks, testing new recipes, and taking photos of everything she eats.