My first job in food.

  Working the deli at K-Mart


Your current and/or most recent restaurants


When and where were you born?

  Chicago, 1960’s

What was your first job in food?

  Working the deli at K-Mart

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  Something with food but could not articulate the word Chef.

What is your favorite thing about being a chef?

  Seeing people happy with my food

Did you have an “aha” moment when you knew you wanted to be a chef?

  YES! I read an article about an Apprentice graduating and said “That’s it!”

Best advice you ever got?

  Never ask a question you do not know the answer to.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

  Blood Sausage

Your favorite ingredient.

  Ginger Cumin Garlic Almond

The ingredient that turns you off the most.


Your favorite tool.

  my hands

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not cooking.

  Beach or any thing with water and bevvies

What would you like to do before you get too old to do it.

  Travel more

Tell us a deep dark secret (doesn’t have to be food related).

  I really LOVE my alone time!

How do you deal with the stress?

  Breathe, pray, release

How did becoming a chef change your life, your direction.

  can’t answer as it was my direction!

Who would you like to meet?

  Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Oprah, Kamala Harris

Who would you like to cook for?

  See above and add my dearly departed Dad

What was the hardest thing for you to learn? Or is there something you just can’t get right?

  How to make a hollandaise- just didn’t incorporate enough air into the yolks!

Is there some little something you do for your family to make up for the time you’re not with them?

  Cook something special

Please give us a cooking tip that people might not know like “adding a little bit of oil to butter so it doesn’t burn.

  Sharp knives are always the best especially when you use the right knife for the job!

Tell us a funny story from the kitchen

Banquet Chef told the apprentice to collect and wash and store the skewers from the apps that went out. He was out there at the garbage pit starting before we caught him!