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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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onion rings
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 6/28/15 at 11:01am | 11 replies | 158 views
burger press troubles, why
Pete posted in this thread in Cooking Equipment Reviews 6/28/15 at 8:18am | 5 replies | 60 views
talking to the new generation
Pete posted in this thread in Professional Chefs 6/25/15 at 4:07am | 68 replies | 1200 views
How many chefs/cooks do I need for a cafe
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 6/24/15 at 7:06am | 5 replies | 95 views
Popcorn Toppings
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 6/21/15 at 10:44am | 5 replies | 80 views
Food tv VS Cooking tv
Pete posted in this thread in The Late Night Cafe (off-topic) 6/21/15 at 6:51am | 7 replies | 87 views
Any good ingredients to compliment "ground beef?"
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 6/18/15 at 12:37pm | 10 replies | 173 views
What are odd foods you grew up on?
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 6/11/15 at 12:39pm | 101 replies | 1207 views
Chicago quality dining advice please
Pete posted in this thread in Restaurant Reviews 6/10/15 at 7:46pm | 8 replies | 224 views
Expiry date of alcoholic drink after the bottle has been opened
Pete posted in this thread in Food & Cooking 6/10/15 at 9:22am | 109 replies | 992 views


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Pete's photos in Tea 101: A Beginner's Guide   Part I  An Introduction to Tea
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Pete's photos in March 2015 Challenge: MINCE
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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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