Never gonna be a pro, but...

Discussion in 'New User Introductions' started by jtower42, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. jtower42


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    At home cook
    Hey all. I'm Jon, 35, married, four kids, live in Wisconsin.

    I love to cook, but as I am part of my family's (non-food related) business, I will likely never get the chance to be a pro. My dream would be to open a BBQ joint with catering and make people happy in pork-related ways. But in the meantime, I feed my jones by cooking for my family (my kids love my chicken and waffles and BBQ ribs), charity dinners, holidays and dinner parties. I'm one of those people who are much more comfortable at a party in the kitchen with a knife than in the living room with a cocktail. I also compete with some friends on a KCBS BBQ team.

    My tastes lean toward BBQ (duh), rustic Italian, and steaks and chops.

    I am a Christopher Kimball and Alton Brown fan, but I find myself annotating and tweaking recipes more and more - I've been cooking for about 10 years, and I can tell I'm just starting to get better.

    I'm hoping to learn more about techniques for flavor building, flavor pairing and efficient prep techniques.

    This is starting to feel like an online dating profile, so I'll stop now. :)
  2. mikeswoods


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    Join right in and start posting----Your BBQ skills will make for some good reading---and might help a younger member get some ideas ---Welcome---Mike-----
  3. kaneohegirlinaz


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    I Just Like Food
    Welcome to Chef Talk.

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  4. soesje


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    Hi jon!

    Welcome on board! And....NEVER say never :) There are quite a few examples on here who did exactly that, follow their dreams.

    I am one of those......

    Kids grow up and you might fancy a career change in the future so who knows one day, you will find yourself following what you have been dreaming about for so long :) 

    And....don't hesitate to ask questions.....