Nearly 7 years ago I took a leap in my passion for the culinary arts from writing simple recipes at the kitchen table and logging my adventures in culinary debauchery on a small start-up blog, to traveling the globe, learning alongside the best regional chefs and home cooks on every continent of God's Green Earth, to serving as a brand ambassador for some of the largest domestic organizations in food and beverage, filming 6 months a year on national television, hosting private events from sea to shining sea, and along the way encountering the most incredible, creative and talented of individuals - many who I am now most fortunate to call my friends.
But, tonight may be my biggest evening - a hardworking guy from the cornfields of Vicksburg invited to assume the role of Guest Chef - hosting and preparing a livefire meal for the American Culinary Federation, it's distinguished leadership, members & many of my respected colleagues. A dinner for 50 set in the resplendent gardens of Beacon Hill at Eastgate.
So entirely thankful for this challenge and opportunity. To be here in hand with my beautiful wife, amongst family & friends - serving those who I look to for guidance, motivation and eternal inspiration. Proving that commitment and dedication, long hours, sleepless nights, a bit of blood, plenty of sweat and a few tears pay off.
Here's to going BIG. Then going HOME.
Special thanks this evening to:
American Culinary Federation | ACF President, Chef Andrew Eggert | Chef Shawn Kohlhaas of Culinary Cultivations | Chef Tim England and Chef Maggie Theil of Beacon Hill | Tim Sobie and Sobie Meats (kindly donated all of the meat for this evening's dinner!!) | Char-Broil (generously donated a TRU-Infrared grill in the name of charity - every component of the meal was prepared upon or finished upon the white-hot cast iron grated of this grill)
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