Food and music are the center of my life. I love cooking almost as much as I love eating. I love making food that makes people want to be more adventurous with their own cooking. I feel like food and music are perfect parallels: you must understand technique, but once that base is there, you get to move beyond that to the really fun part - playing with your food.
My favorite things to cook
I love rustic food. I love handmade food. Soul-satisfying food. Street grub and ethnic home cooking. Simple, fresh ingredients, lovingly prepared. Making the most of little.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to make pizza. Pizza is a marriage of some of the "deepest" technical cooking with the most rustic favors. San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and wonderful crusty charred bread.
I am not completely there yet, but I am getting closer every day to the perfect pie.
My cooking tragedies
For many years, I thought food was about making it surprising. Impressing people. I finally realized that cooking was about finding what I love, and being surprised that others had the same passion and love for what I loved.