My Quest to Slow Down (and Ultimately Calm Down)

Intense.  Wound-up.  Excited.  These are just a few of the adjectives used to describe my personality.  In the kitchen these traits manifest themselves in different ways.  Almost acting like the flour in the dough that is, what I recognize, as the chef attitude or mentality.  But in the “real world” for lack of a better... Continue Reading →

Cellular Enhancement – The Wim Hof Method

Feel free to enjoy this article at your own discretion but I recommend reading before you click some of the provided links. Imagine living with superpowers: increased healing capability, heightened immune system, muscles that don’t fatigue as easily and immunity to cold.  Would you believe me If I told you this is all possible?  Months... Continue Reading →

My drive and passion

I have enjoyed cooking for as long as I can remember.  I know that sounds cliche but it really is true.  One of my first experiences in the kitchen was helping my father make scrambled eggs.  It was a simple task, crack the eggs in a bowl, add a splash of milk and then whisk... Continue Reading →

Pride

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. -Margaret Thatcher I have been learning so much here at the CIA.  As I have said before, I do not go a day without learning something new and intriguing.  Each day we are... Continue Reading →

Meditation through sharpening.

The great challenge of cooking is to derive deep satisfaction from the mundane. -Thomas Keller Today we had off due to President's Day, so I spent my time sharpening my knives.  This is something that I do on a weekly basis and it can be quite time consuming.  In fact I spent nearly an hour... Continue Reading →

What Fish ID is Really Teaching Me

We are halfway through our Fish Identification and fabrication.  Unfortunately we have missed two days of class due to the ridiculous weather up here in New York.  For those of you who don't know we have had about 32 inches of snow over the course of the past 2 days.  Another interesting fact is that... Continue Reading →

Signs of a Chef

After working with chefs frequently it becomes clear who is a chef. Distinguishing signs such as burns, scars and food related tattoos can be seen scattered across their body. It really is interesting. The kitchen has always been a dangerous place. In medieval times chefs would die young from fires in the kitchen and inhaling... Continue Reading →

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