Hi everyone! I came across this website and I found this little, nice community that I am so excited and interested in being part of. I'm not a chef, I wish I were, but I'm not. Instead, I'm a doctor in communications. Back in my student days, I moved to Barcelona, Spain, to study a masters in communications, and I ended up going all the way through until I completed my doctorate studies. I spent 10 years of my life around Spanish food and culture. Being a student coming fresh out of college, you would think that "cooking" wasn't that unfamiliar to me, but it was. I had a wonderful mom who would cook for me the most tasty meals everyday, and from whom I learned to love food, but not how to cook it really.
Moving into Spain was probably the best choice I could possibly have made to learn (force me, really) how to cook. At the beginning I struggled around the kitchen, and tried to do all my meals at the school cafeteria, but eventually my homework increased and so did my time at my flat and I found myself spending more time in my place than at school. That's when I started experimenting with food. I watched Chef Karlos Arguiñano's TV show EVERY MORNING. At the end of the show I'd have a grocery list and an idea how to cook the dish. Eventually I was able to "separate" myself from the chef's directions, understand (at least a little) how to combine flavors, how to use spices, create textures, combine proteins and vegetables and such. Besides, living in Spain, I was surrounded of good food and friendly people, so it was not difficult for me to ask the owner of a tapas bar how he made a sauce or cooked a dish, and I'd take notes. Soon I was inviting my fellow students to my meals, and they turned into long soirees where good wine and acceptable food flowed all night long. I have never learned techniques that you would learn in a culinary school and I am as far of being a chef as you can imagine, but I am a home cook, I love to cook and I enjoy it! I'm hoping to learn from all of you the art of cooking. Who knows, I may end up leaving my career and switch into a culinary adventure. Buen provecho!