61 year old student of cooking. Head cook for Mark's Kitchen & Smokin' BBQ. Last year 5th overall as Rookie team in Calif BBQ Association, Team of the year. Certified BBQ Judge thru the Kansas City BBQ Society. But most often cooking at home. Have been cooking since about 7 when my mon started me off prepping until she got home from work. Never stopped my enthusiastic pursuit of betterment in the kitchen. I enjoy all aspects of food prep, from shopping to clean up. I have volunteered at Ramikins cooking school in Sonoma for about a year. Taking a year off competing in BBQ to save some money for my wifes dream trip to Italy this Oct. Me for the food, here for the history. I make a living as a Cardiology tech for the past 30 + years. Hope to spend some quality time here. Hope I can add something to the discussions at times. Mark "We're Just Cookin' Here"