You know I laugh when I think about how passionate I am about food and where that has come from…..it is one of those great questions…what makes you….you.
When I think of the times I laugh the most and have been happy in my life, there is always food involved. Now food can also mean drink…and I have been known to do a shooter, chug a beer, swirl a glass of wine and yes even nurse a libation…..but as far as I can remember….I have been doing something with food.
After learning to basically cook, I came to realize that food became that communication vehicle that allowed me to show others how much I cared about them and how I could show it. Cooking became my vehicle for me to share thoughts and feelings. As a young man, I came to realize that any guy can take an exciting new date or bunch of friends to a restaurant and have someone serve us…..but, what is actually more fun is cooking for that special someone or someone’s…..The kitchen became a stage….a pulpit and a playroom. It has not been all glory…..I think my sink has enjoyed its shares of flops, bad imagination and miss-pairings…..but in the end the laughs, the storied events have all resulted in this path I call EAT.
I have not always been a chef…..I am not a professional chef…I have trained at CIA in Napa, I have cooked in a professional kitchen and I currently get paid to cook for small groups of people but I am by trade a frustrated Software Executive that would rather chop, mince, julienne, sauté, braise and blacken my way to retirement. Now to do all of those things, there needed to be a compelling event and possibly when I tried to heat two cans of soup in boiling water before I opened them…. could be that event.
But none the less, cooking has been a defining factor in my life. I have met phenomenal souls at the tasting tables in Napa, the long wood bars of Maine, the food stores of South Philly and the boulangeries of Paris. To taste, to share, to learn, to experiment have all contributed to this passion and path that is now called EAT.
I have to thank food for my marriage as my wife married me because I could make stuffed French toast….now she eats cereal….you know the adage about the plumbing in the plumbers house….well let’s say I need to use the eight burners at home more.
I created www.ChefEat.com because foodies love to share. I look forward to sharing stories, recipes, ingredients, successes and failures with you.
Who knows, maybe one day I will get to cook for you.