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Taco Coma, WA

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on 5/26/11

Culinary Experience

Professional Chef

About Me:

I have been hanging out in kitchens since I was 15.

Every facet worked...from "dish guy", "fish guy", "fry guy", "prep guy", on up to titles that didn't include the word "guy" when being referenced. Other things replaced that "Cook".

Man... that felt good.

It felt even better in my early 20's then the word cook was replaced with words like "Chef"...."Coordinator", "Director".

I completed a 2 year apprenticeship program in North Carolina when I was 17, and it was my chosen full time profession up until about 7 years ago, when I decided that I needed a break.

So I enlisted in the Army as a 91W - What was once commonly known as a "Combat Medic".

So....7 years, two combat tours and two divorces later...I feel pretty confident in writing the last paragraph of this chapter of my life and returning to a previous chapter that I can give the time, patience and thought, that only age and maturity can bring.

I keep up on my skills and trends by working at places around town. I currently work at a fine dining spot in Gig Harbor.

Getting to re-experience the lifestyle...the culture..does something to me that nothing else can, save for the music scene that I grew up in. No matter how bad things get in my life, the thought of what I do as a cook, even when I am not on my game, is still greatly appreciated, and will make most people happy.

Its self gratifying to be able to do something for someone...a total stranger, that is so prolific, that those same people will come back to you time and time again to experience something that YOU have created. Something conceived in your imagination and birthed through your hands and dedication and many hours of trial and error to get .

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Reading, writing, running, lifting weights, boxing..

Going to dark, dank stale bars to see good bands...



Learning about and owning the things that compel and inspire me.

What I do for a living:

Full Time - Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army - "Emergency Care NCO". STRONG background in emergency and trauma medicine.

Part Time - Doing my part at a spot in Gig Harbor. Nice place, great food, great staff, and most importantly, great crew.

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What is your definition of a "professional Chef?
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