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Jun 10, 1968 (Age: 51)
Chicago, IL
I work as a web user interface developer (I create


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    1. phatch
      I talked with sgmchef about how to do this.
    2. sgmchef
      Hi Nicko,

      Thanks for all your hard work in creating a really great site!
      I don't like airing issues in public, but I can't find any way to send a private message.

      Either your "Contact us" link is down, three unanswered messages, or are moderators are avoiding me?
    3. audboi
      Part 2 of my Question- I would appreciate your permission to drop a survey on your forum to ask chefs what features and requirements they’d want in an app like this and to understand the needs of chefs such as those on your forum.
      Kind Regards

      Adrian Mulligan
      1. nicko
        You may do so but only in the off topic forum. Late Night Cafe we call it.
        Oct 23, 2017
    4. audboi
      Hi Nicko,
      I am a chef of 20 years and worked all over Europe and Ireland, I now live in Ireland and returned to college to study computer science. I am in my final year and for my project artefact, I want to develop an app that checks HACCP compliance and cold storage etc.
    5. debnorkin
      Hi Nico,

      I'm the Editorial Director for Santé magazine. It's a reboot of a print magazine that closed in 2003. The digital version will launch May 1, 2017. I'm a culinary school grad, editor, and writer. I'm looking for writers for paid and unpaid blog & feature stories. I'm also looking for "Behind the scenes," stories. You know the ones, those unbelievable, often cringeworthy, always hilarious, stories of kitchen hijinks & mishaps. It'll be an ongoing feature for the back of the magazine with names changed, if necessary, to protect the (not so) innocent. If you've got one yourself, or know someone who does, I'm very interested.

      I'm sure there are chef/writers that would jump at the opportunity to get some writing credentials. Are you interested? Can I post something about it?


      Deborah Norkin
      Editorial Director
      Santé Magazine
    6. gishgirl
      Hello Nicko,
      I love this website and forums. I religiously followed Chef Mcracken posts. He was so spot on and helful.. i was just about to post something for him to get some feed back for a gig I am doing for new years. Been in business for years but continue to need help pricing things approximately. Could you help me ? Most important ly when did Chef Mcracken die? Recently or did I just see it ? do sorry to hear this. If you can get back to me love to run this gig ideas by you. Thank you La Jolie Chef.. (Nina)
    7. chef claire
      chef claire
      Congrats, Nicko, on your award for 'All Star' Writer. I like writing, too! Better watch out - I just may overtake you as the 'All star' champ! Glad to have such among us!
    8. uswahi 807
      uswahi 807
      Friends , Please let me know if anyone of you have food truck to lease in california.
    9. spinstersister
      Thank you Nicko for welcoming me to your wonderful site! I hope to learn a lot from the other students, Chefs, home bakers and cooks. Education comes from all walks of life and I hope to contribute correct information. Bible studies solidified your CIA decision, I am sure you prayed an awful lot during your stint in the various kitchens! Lord knows I do and I am only a student! Cheers Nicko!
    10. apron
      Dear Niko,

      Thank you for welcoming me on aboard your lovely site.
    11. cheflew
      Thank you for the welcome and thanks for the website.
    12. gourmetmet
      Chef Nicko,
      Thank for the welcome note. And thank for creating such a user friendly website where we can share our passion for food. My particular interest is culinary nutrition and my belief is we all benefit when nutritious and delicious share the same plate.
    13. carolyns362
      Chef Nicko,
      I have no formal training behind me just a lot of hard work and I pride myself in being a fast learner. I have been cooking on a griddle since I was 16. So I had the bright idea of opening a little cafe in 2007. Doing Breakfast only it is starting to get just a little boring to say the least. No not the job but the menu, I am hoping to get some great "home style" breakfast ideas from this site.
      Anyway happy to be here...
    14. chef joe atkins
      chef joe atkins
      I am talking about the contest. I graduated about two years from culinary school; It was a wonderful experience. In my opinion, several things made school good. The first being is that it was not what I called a "diploma mill", IE your paid quite a bit of money and you graduated. Whether you learned anything is another .
      I went to a state technical school. The cost was substantially less. The instructors knew that we were their to learn a trade, not to tout a degree/diploma. The instructors made us work and gave us lots of encouragement because they had been there before, and knew what we would encounter. So if anyone is thinking about culinary school, think state technical schools.
      If anyone wants to contact me, my e mail is [email protected]
    15. praline
      Dear Nico,
      Thank you so much for your warm welcome. I am looking forward to share my knowledge and learn from all of you out there. I am far away in Africa but feel I belong to this great community. I am self taught in patisserie and cooking because foods, cake bread etc are my long life passion. For many years I spent any saving to go to Lenotre and other baking & cooking school to learn for a day, a week or even few hours. And as soon as the opportunity came up to use my passion as a profession I did. But still learn everyday and most of all share and give.
      I am sorry if my english is not always perfect I would so much prefer French if possible...
      Kind regards
    16. chefypoorenee
      thank you for the invite.. much appreciated.. I will try make the effort to read and make comment and definitely enjoy the stories all the great members have to share.. you have had a full life of culinary delights in your life!!!
    17. char haus
      char haus
      thank you, looking for a chef again, i'm an owner and do most of the work. getting burned out need a break once in 8 years of being here. would love someone to take over that I can trust
    18. chefedb
      Nicko I would like to write about a fairly new food product Called Better Then Boullion assorted soup bases now available for use in home available in most supermarkets)
    19. snowfleas
      Hi Nicko;
      Thank-you very much for welcoming me to your culinary group. My main interest at the moment is cake decorating. I hope that I can pick up some tips from members here and be of some benefit to your community.
      Sincerely Snowfleas (Vicki)
    20. timothy joe
      timothy joe
      Thank you for the welcome! How kind of you
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  • About

    Jun 10, 1968 (Age: 51)
    Chicago, IL
    I work as a web user interface developer (I create
    Former Chef
    Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Cooking, growing my own food, making things from scratch (yogurt, bacon, applesauce, etc), reading (bible (born again Christian), Lord Of The Rings), hunting (upland game mostly), travel, Greece (where my father's family originates).
    I worked professionally in the culinary field for a total of sixteen years. As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, I have worked in a variety of places, both in the U.S. and overseas.

    I first started out in one of my uncle's restaurant at the age of thirteen. Beginning as a bus boy and dish washer, and continued to work in various restaurants until I graduated high school. It was after high school that I considered a professional career in the culinary industry. After completing a one-year Biblical studies program at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa, I decided to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. While at the Culinary Institute, I spent five months at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

    Upon graduating from the Culinary Institute, I started working at Printer's Row in Chicago. While at Printers Row, I followed another passion, ice sculpture at Nadeau's Ice Sculptures in Forest Park.

    My ultimate goal as a cook was to gain some European training. I decided to travel overseas where I spent two years working in four different countries. Starting off in Bourg en Bress, France, working for Chef Jacques Guy. After France, I moved on to Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied Swiss pastries and chocolates under the guidance of Heniz Hochwahr at Patisserie Mage. From Geneva, I went to the island of Santorini, Greece, where he worked at the restaurant, Selene with George and Evelyn Haziyannakis. The final part of my training was spent in the small town of Polesenine, Italy, at the Restuarant El Cavallino Bianco, working with Chef Massimo Spigarola.

    When I returned to the States, I worked in various places in Chicago but felt that it was time to take a break from the rigorous culinary life and go back to school. I received my bachelors degree in computer programming and quickly became interested in web development. It was in 1999 that I started and it has been going strong ever since.



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