Long time reader, first time posting. A little about myself. I am 43 and have been in the industry since I was 15. Started as a dishwasher and moved my way up and becoming an Executive Chef when I was 28. I have also owned my own catering service, restuarant, etc and have been lucky enough to travel around this country working for and with other great chefs. For the last five years, I have been with Sodexo. I started as an Sous Chef, moved to an administration position for the last couple of years, which I can say I did not enjoy at all. Over the summer was offered the Executive Chef position at the account I am at, and am back in my element and much happier.
I love what I do, and many call me "old school". From a very young age, its all I ever wanted to be. Coming from a family of white collar workers, many eyebrows were raised when they found out. For quite a few years, my parents pushed me to be a doctor, lawyer, etc., but I pursued my dream. The road has not always been easy, some of it being self-imposed. I am one of the lucky few who gets paid doing what I love and is my passion.
Personally, I am married, five children from two marriages and a proud "Bapa" of three grandchildren. I also love to hunt, fish and am the owner of a video game news website.
About six months ago, my doctor suggested that I lose some weight and I have lost about 25 lbs. It has lead me to a revitalized way of how I cooked and the "term" healthy eating. I have learned that though my background is French, that there are many ways to cook and it still be fun, tasty, yet healthy, without all the "unhealthiness". It has also opened my vision to what is being put in our food and how that can affect our cooking and our health. The best part of being a Chef, it is always a learning process, and to always strive for greatness. To me, part of being a good chef is being confident in what you do, yet humble enough to learn from others.
I am looking to network... people can always be a great source knowledge, reference and some times just to have someone listen who understands the daily grind. Keep in touch, I am more than happy to send my contact info, just ask.
Anyway, I have probably bored you enough, but look forward to participating in, chatting with, mentoring, etc.