Just found this forum. In Vegas for now, and cooking something new every day. Glad I found this on the World Wide Melting Pot.
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Welcome, Benjaminblank! We're happy you found us. I'm a bit confused by your title, "home chef". Are you a (professional) chef between gigs, or a home cook (like me)? I'm always eager to hear where people got there initial inspiration to learn more about food and cooking; was there a person or experience that launched you in a culinary career, or into more innovative cooking at home?
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I am a publishing journalist ( food, wine, interviews on chefs and travel) , sommelier and home gourmet ... Though I am not Spanish, I live and work in the Madrid Capital and hail from Manhattan.
Though I have travelled and lived in San Fran and South Miami Beach, I have never been to Las Vegas ---
What are your specialties ?
Happy 2012 and best of luck, Regards.
My experience predominately falls into French, American and South American cuisines, with a smattering of other stuff.
I have about 8 years experience cooking professionally, I have been through a culinary program. At the moment I am not working in the industry. But I am beginning research and experiment for a cookbook or two. And have tossed around the idea for a small restaurant...that is still a few years off though.
I added an "About Me" on my profile...I give a little history there. I grew up cooking. My influences range from my Mother to star chefs like Bourdain, Andrew Zimmer, and Historical figures like Escoffier and James Beard......and sometimes my inspiration comes from the local taco truck :-)
You certainly have broad experience. I also grew up cooking, but it didn't occur to me, a girl, that I could cook for a living. Too bad Chef Talk didn't exist then! I have a brother in the industry and know it can be a hard life.