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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.

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

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BBQ Sauce - Cloning a Commercial Product
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 5/19/17 at 6:28am | 18 replies | 239 views is moving!
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Pate de fruit / fruit jelly question
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Professional Pastry Chefs 5/9/17 at 12:13pm | 3 replies | 100 views
Mirror cake yes or no
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Pastries & Baking 5/9/17 at 5:02am | 11 replies | 140 views
Pork Chili Verde - Cook Off
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 5/8/17 at 5:29pm | 5 replies | 108 views
How to get rid of "beef taste" in meat?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 5/7/17 at 8:06am | 21 replies | 288 views
Cheese sauce with milk or cream ?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 5/6/17 at 12:58pm | 8 replies | 137 views
What did you have for dinner?
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Large sauté pan needed
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Cooking Equipment Reviews 5/3/17 at 5:11am | 6 replies | 91 views
Are Shun knives really worth the price
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