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BrianShaw

Location:

Greater Los Angeles, CA

Forum Post Count:

2251

Join Date:

12/18/10

Last Online:

16 hours, 39 minutes ago

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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What can I make as a bright red base?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking Yesterday at 1:50 pm | 5 replies | 74 views
British raised pork pies - typical dimensions?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking Yesterday at 11:06 am | 3 replies | 61 views
Which knife might be closest to my ideal bunka?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Cooking Knife Reviews 12/2/16 at 7:32am | 5 replies | 97 views
X50Cr15MoV German Steel
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Cooking Knife Reviews 12/1/16 at 1:04pm | 24 replies | 189 views
Aromatics for the dining room
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 12/1/16 at 10:01am | 6 replies | 88 views
Am I nuts? Stock inquiry
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 12/1/16 at 7:14am | 11 replies | 191 views
Naming Question
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Professional Pastry Chefs 11/28/16 at 1:26pm | 7 replies | 132 views
Gelatin question?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Pastries & Baking 11/28/16 at 11:02am | 15 replies | 176 views
OMG!!! What did i make?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 11/27/16 at 11:03am | 20 replies | 251 views
k-bar knife?
BrianShaw posted in this thread in Cooking Knife Reviews 11/27/16 at 10:33am | 13 replies | 179 views

 

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