Forty something native of New England, now resident of the Deep South.
My name is Jay. I am a culinary enthusiast and non-professional grill/pit master. I do have a culinary background in my family; my Grandfather was an executive chef instructor at Johnson and Wales, Providence and I went to The Culinary and Wine Institute at the University of South Carolina. I don’t get paid to cook – this is a hobby that literally feeds me.
I have a tremendous amount of fun cooking for friends and family. Loving the process of cooking isn’t for everybody, but learning more about what you feed yourself can be a very rewarding thing!
What I didn’t learn in the culinary classroom I learned from trial and error method, watching a lot of cooking shows and read a lot of cookbooks. I determined one thing…you can’t learn until you try and fail. Rarely do you hit a home run in your first attempt.
What I would like to do is jump start your process by sharing my experiences so you can get right into it. I will share techniques, recipes, equipment and gear I use, how to shop for everything I cook, and how to get your whole family involved. I will show you how to eat well, save money where you can, and WOW your friends and family!
Another thing I try to do is use fresh, local ingredients (as much as I can). I am very realistic and realize that not everyone can go to the local farmers market every week. A lot of us have to shop at “regular” grocery stores, bodegas and big box stores. Being creative, I hope to bring excitement and inspirations to your dishes.