Hey guys. I've been around the forums for awhile, but I haven't really made use of this thread. SO! I'm 37, from the SF Bay Area. Not a pro cook, but spend most of my time thinking about cooking and food anyway. And if anyone knows a kitchen in SF who wants someone to peel onions and scrub potatoes for awhile for free, i'm totally game.... :}
I started out shopping at a restaurant supply warehouse in south San Francisco, where I'd go buy cheap knives like Dexter Russel, slowly getting pots and pans one at a time for specific needs, the right cutting board, trying to keep sharp some Dexter Russels, Wusthof and old knives I inherited from my pops.. And the people there were pretty awesome, saying things like "One day you'll have your own restaurant!"... I don't know how many teenagers they had shopping in their store. Lol. I've been trying to build from that, and I've been working towards the knife front over the last few years.
I got a Tojiro Kiritsuke awhile ago, thinking it would be my 'practice knife' because of the relatively straight edge to learn to sharpen on, but once I used it I changed my mind about 'screwing it up while practicing' completely and have since sanded the handle, spine, choil, made it sharp enough to shave some hair on my forearm, and learned what reactivity looks like. At least a tiny little bit...
I took over running my dad's printing company around 2007 after he had a stroke and found myself in charge of a 14man crew running a company. The week before, I'd gone to the CCA and taken a tour, met with their recruiter (who called me 3x a week for the next 7 months) and was seriously ready, willing, and able, to pull the trigger. The CIA requires some experience and a reference from a former chef or something, and I don't think my grandma qualified but I didn't pursue it.. either way, both schools currently cost more than CAL Berkeley. At the time I had a job at the family business that would have allowed me to study, and work at the same time. (Nepotism is great that way...)
Anyway, that didn't work out, and I found myself running the company. And aside from my printing clients, (I've done everything from Sony headphone clamshells, apple business cards, to mom and pop trade-show stuff) I don't really have a hell of a resume, since I was kind of self-employed for some years... So here I am. =D
Chip B, I saw you just recently introduced yourself but you've been lurking for awhile and and thanks for your input over the last few weeks. I've appreciated it, just to single you out amid a sea of moderators and super well-informed people. If you started out here like me... awesome.
Thanks to those of you who take the time to go over stuff probably again and again to help folks like myself out... Thanks, and Hopefully it's not wasted.
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