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Fond du Lac, WI

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Culinary Experience

Professional Chef

About Me:

I got my start in the restaurant business at the ripe old age of 8 years old. My parents owned a restaurant over which we lived. Oftentimes, if a dishwasher quit, I was drafted into service, at the last minute and during summer vacation I wasn't allowed to go out and play until after I bussed tables for lunch service, all for high wage of $.25 per hour!; Later in life, I tried to avoid the call of the kitchen, bouncing around from college to college and from major to major. Finally, after giving in to the call, I enrolled in New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT. I consider culinary school to be the start of my "professional" career, though I already had years of experience, working in various aspects of the restaurant business, both in the Front of the House and in the kitchen. From culinary school, I traveled around the US, working in cities such as New Orleans, Atlanta, and Chicago. My most recent move has taken me from the hectic pace of urban life to a more bucolic existence in rural Southeastern Wisconsin, where I spend much of my free time searching out the best local food products available, from handcrafted beers and cheese to organically raised produce and meats. My wife and I have also belonged to numerous CSA's exploring what the various farmers have to offer.

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cooking, beer, photography, writing, creating digital art

Pete's Recent Activity

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Cranberry Old Fashioned
written by Pete 11/22/15 at 5:38am
Holiday Sangria
written by Pete 11/22/15 at 5:32am
Spicy Sweet Potato Gratin
written by Pete 11/21/15 at 6:08am
Roasted Beets with Garlic and Onions
written by Pete 11/21/15 at 5:53am
Pumpking Cranberry Coffeecake
written by Pete 11/21/15 at 5:45am
Hot Chocolate for the Family
written by Pete 11/21/15 at 5:35am
WHAT?! Christopher Kimball Is Leaving ATK?
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 11/20/15 at 6:22am | 21 replies | 274 views
Favorite magazine? Food Arts is no more.
Pete posted in this thread in Cookbook Reviews 11/19/15 at 12:04pm | 5 replies | 240 views


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Pete's Lists

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Product Reviews by Pete 2 Kitchen Equipment
Last Updated 2/21/11
Books I own 1 Cookbooks
Last Updated 2/21/11
Cookbook Reviews by Pete 21 Cookbooks
Last Updated 5/31/10

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