I've been in the restaurant and catering business for almost twenty years, from waiter and bartender to GM. Im Italian so I tend to cook a loot of pasta and sauces. I learned cooking from working with so many professional chefs over the years in addition to my mom.
My favorite things to cook
Shrimp fried rice, udon noodle soup, beef stir fry with oyster sauce, anything pasta, cakes, cookies, breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Italian for the most part, but I also grew up with Greek and Mexican from my uncle's families.
My cooking triumphs
coq au vin, beuof bourginon, really lush fried rices.
My cooking tragedies
recipes with a lot of prep work and hundreds of ingredients. I like to keep it simple and delicious.