I have had a passion for cooking for many, many years. I started cooking, or really learning to cook, while I was a child. I would sit around our small kitchen in Hialeah, Florida watching Abuela (grandma) cook great Cuban meals. I asked allot of questions, but she would not allow me to get my hands in the mix, I was just too small. In 1979 after graduation from high school, shortly there after I was accepted into the Fire Academy, where I went on to become a Firefighter/Paramedic. I served for 28 years in the City ofDeerfield Beach, Florida retiring as a Captain.
That is where my passion for cooking really took off. Within a short period of time my co-workers realized I could cook so from then on, it was off to the races. I would cook just about 90% of the time. Not because I was forced, just because I loved it so much. I am sure you have noticed fire trucks at the grocery store on a regular bases. Well, that is what we do. At the beginning of the shift we all pitch in and send off the truck with who ever is cooking that day to get the food for the night’s dinner.
During my later years as I got older and more health conscious, I started to cook healthier meals and became very involved in nutrition, health and fitness. Upon retiring from the fire department I established a website that focused on helping others achieve there dreams of better health. I admit I am a good fire house cook, but no where near what I would want to be, “A REAL CHEF”. That is why I have enrolled to “The International Culinary School at The Art Institute”. I want to take my passion to the next level. Perhaps that would mean having my own restaurant, doing some personal catering, or becoming a private for hire chef. What ever God has in store for me I know that this is a new chapter in my life, as I recreate myself. This would not have been possible without the support of my grown children and the most incredible wife a man could ever want. They are so supportive and excited to see the new me along with my new dreams. So culinary, school here I come.