This week's "Guest Chef" almost never became one (a chef). He started his career in the "Health Field" as a Physical Therapist. He worked in "Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab" for 10 years before going for his dream.
He left PT and enrolled at Johnson County Community College in their Culinary Program. They have an excellent Culinary Arts program leading to an Associates Degree as a Chef. It is a three year program where you combine classroom studies with an on-the-job apprenticeship working around 40 hours a week.
Fish-cutter, as we refer to him, originally thought he would live out his fantasy and return to PT as a career. He didn't know that the food business can get under your skin and you never get away from it. It's a love!
He started at the Fedora Cafe on the Plaza in Kansas City and ended up being their Sous Chef before leaving there for the Alameda Plaza Hotel. Again as the Sous Chef, but this time as the Executive Sous Chef. He held that title next at the Long Branch Steak House before becoming the Executive Chef at the Fountain Cafe. The next position was as the Executive Chef at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant.
Here is were he developed his love for fish and seafood. He will talk about that and some basics that you want to know about buying and cooking fish.
Currently, he is the Executive Chef at a large multifaceted establishment and keeping very busy. I thank him for taking the time to help me out on the blog.
On another topic, I will be doing a book signing in St. Joseph, Missouri on Saturday (28th) at Hastings Bookstore. I'll be there from 1:00 to 3:00 PM signing books, answering questions and sampling some food. Please stop by to talk if you get a chance.
My radio interview is Thursday morning between 8:00 and 8:30 AM at KKWK, 100.1 on your dial. On Monday, the 30th, I'm on KQ2. Not my normal Monday but have picked up the 5th Monday since I missed the 3rd one as I was out of town. So tune in there between 6:30 and 7:00 AM.
Remember that Friday has a great Catfish recipe. Thanks for following the blog.