This is a typical holiday spread that my mom would engineer for family get togethers. I would help my mom prep for these meals and really got excited about cooking during this time. It was also a dinner like this, maybe even this one, where my uncle Mark said to me, “You should become a chef.” It took me many years before I realized that “becoming a chef” was as legitimate an option as any other profession. I didn’t grow up in the chef as celebrity age or in an environment where my family and I knew chefs. Alas, I became a full-time student of food and a professional chef, and hope to inspire people through my cooking, the same way that my mom inspired me, and to encourage others to follow their passions the same way that my uncle suggested I follow mine.
One of Mom’s Spreads Circa 1980s
November 9, 2010 by artandchel