Featured in Bachelor Kitchen Magazine October 2012
If you would have asked me where I would be at this point in my life ten years ago, I am not sure what I would have told you. I am, however, pretty sure that I wouldn’t have guessed here, living this life filled with passion and optimism. It all comes back around to the fact that I truly love what I do—to cook, to write, to act like a goofball on TV flubbing some of my recipes, in addition to hosting events, donating to events, and being called a local celebrity. All these things both flatter me and send me deep into the recesses of my mind, debating about whether it is all real.
There are many to thank who have been there for me and supported me through these first couple years of Bachelor Kitchen: first and foremost my parents and Del Scheitler for being the brains behind this whole operation. I am blessed to have The Local’s Hottest support me and my endeavors. And I want to thank YOU for your support. For reading this publication, for watching my on air segments, for stopping by to see me at The 3 Way Café, and for attending some of the events of which I have been lucky to be a part. You are the ones that allow us to do this. With that being said, WE are here for you, and our goal every month is to entertain you, inspire you and teach you some of the better things in life – notice how I said life, not FOOD.
For those of you that don’t me, I didn't go to culinary school. I didn't move to Paris when I was seventeen to be the understudy of one of the great classical French chefs, and I sure's hell haven't worked in restaurant kitchens for much of my life. I did, however, at a young age know what I wanted to do with my life.
I went through college, and then grad school. Afterwards, I was in advertising consulting for a while. But sitting behind a desk for all day in a creativity-stifling environment was not for me. All the while, my brother and I, spent our weekends doing high-end catering. Then one day, on a whim, I quit my job and decided to move to Virginia, where my cousin Baxter had a job waiting for me at one of his restaurants. Just about all of my food knowledge has been gained through my interest and desire to continually learn and be a part of the culinary world.
All I need is the kitchen, with a glass of wine, and some music in the background, and life is good. Add family to that sentence, and life is great. I hope that you enjoy what I have for you in the following pages and remember that cooking is fun.
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