If you’re looking at this page, you’re probably wondering who this Chef Dave guy is. Well, here I am in all my not-so-splendor, a total blue jeans and beer kind of guy. As mentioned in my very first post, I am NOT a real chef, at least not beyond the confines of my own kitchen. The Chef Dave moniker is just what my wife and friends started calling me a few years ago whenever I happen to pull off a good dish.
In reality I’m a Cincinnati civil practice attorney by day and an avid home cook and baker of bread whenever I can find the time. My beautiful bride of 27 years is Laura, and we have two adult children who tell me they miss Dad’s cooking when they’re away from home. Here is a picture of my Lolly, who is my biggest cheerleader and helps fuel my passion for the kitchen and for life in general. She is my unfailing source of optimism for what is possible if you make up your mind to go after it. Not only does Lolly seem to enjoy my cooking, she even lets me clean up after myself. How awesome is that?
I began to discover my love of cooking in the late 80s and it has grown over the years into a compulsion that reached critical mass a few years ago and prompted me to go to culinary school — I started part-timing my way through the Midwest Culinary Institute in the fall of 2014 and finished their culinary arts certificate program. Even with some formal training, I will be the first to admit I’m a rank amateur in the kitchen, but I like to think I’m improving over time, constantly continuing my culinary learning process, and most importantly I LOVE it, which is what really matters. It is essential to figure out your true passion in life and then go pursue it.
This blog exists to help me share my journey into the seemingly endless world of culinary exploration. For now, as a relative neophyte, I am mostly going where others have gone before and learning what they have to teach, but I plan to tread some new unbeaten paths of my own along the way. To quote the great Julia Child: “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” And believe me, I do. I look forward to sharing my experiences and discoveries with you.
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