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BrianShaw

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Greater Los Angeles, CA

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2553

Join Date:

12/18/10

Last Online:

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Culinary Experience

Former Chef

About Me:

Started cooking at 10 years of age, out of necessity. Originally taught by grandmother and mother in the New England style of American cooking. Later expanded cooking experience in other styles by self-study and seminars

Versed in New England and Southern American cuisines and several style of BBQ... as well as Italian, French, and British cookery. Also skilled at live fire cooking, both open hearth and in wood fired ovens. Dabbled in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese too. Currently interested expanding to German.

Worked way through high school and college in professional kitchens. Learned not just cooking but valuable life skills including business (finance and ethics) and how to co-exist with quirky, arrogant, or intoxicated cooks and chefs. Opened a restaurant that has twice sold but still features the original menu and has been a success since the 1980s. Like Col. Sanders have no stake in it now but wish I did since it has made lots of money for others.

Most of career has been working in other professional areas but still avid cook at home.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Cooking, baking, preserving, candy-making. Several types of visual arts media. Historical research and writing.

What I do for a living:

Engineering.

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June 2017 Cooking Challenge: Saffron
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking Yesterday at 8:09 am | 56 replies | 1615 views
Cold brew coffee
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking Yesterday at 7:33 am | 4 replies | 43 views
( safety ) -- a few basic questions
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking Yesterday at 7:29 am | 8 replies | 80 views
Food soviereignty
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 6/20/17 at 6:32am | 6 replies | 157 views
Party planning, how much to buy?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 6/19/17 at 5:53pm | 11 replies | 137 views
Blueberry Crumble Pie - sub white flour for something else?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Pastries & Baking 6/19/17 at 11:47am | 8 replies | 57 views
consomme royale question.
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 6/18/17 at 10:08am | 10 replies | 116 views
smoked salmon question..
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 6/15/17 at 12:05pm | 7 replies | 140 views
Female chefs and line cooks
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Professional Chefs 6/14/17 at 1:29pm | 53 replies | 3962 views
Making a list of frustrations for owner of restaurant?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Professional Chefs 6/13/17 at 3:57pm | 5 replies | 167 views

 

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