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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.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

cooking, beer, photography, writing, creating digital art

Pete's Recent Activity

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1 steak, 3 people
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 11/23/14 at 2:42pm | 15 replies | 135 views
"Chef" The Movie
Pete posted in this thread in The Late Night Cafe (off-topic) 11/23/14 at 2:38pm | 13 replies | 422 views
Bacon......baked or fried on the stove......
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 11/23/14 at 10:11am | 18 replies | 173 views
Old school vs. 'New' school chefs
Pete posted in this thread in Professional Chefs 11/22/14 at 1:10pm | 62 replies | 1076 views
Seriously lets talk about food the way it is
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 11/22/14 at 8:07am | 32 replies | 399 views
Suggestions for pairing beer with food.
Pete posted in this thread in Pairing Food and Wine 11/17/14 at 8:17am | 5 replies | 103 views
question on a dressing
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 11/16/14 at 12:25pm | 4 replies | 67 views
How to deal with customers who bring in outside beverages?
Pete posted in this thread in Professional Chefs 11/14/14 at 8:21am | 15 replies | 331 views
Bourbon cupcakes
Pete posted in this thread in Pastries & Baking 11/14/14 at 8:17am | 3 replies | 34 views
Homemade sauerkraut staying green - not white?
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 11/13/14 at 9:46am | 17 replies | 115 views


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Pete's photos in August 2014 Challenge - Eggs
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Pete's photos in Romesco Sauce - Making Bell Peppers Shine
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Pete's photos in May 2014 Challenge - BBQ and Grilling
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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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