I have been cooking and baking since I was seven years old. I am a professional chef , was Director of food services at a university and taught Culinary Arts and small business management on the high school level. I paint, draw, sew and bake for fun now. In my younger days I was also a film Producer and expert in the post production of film and video. I helped create technology that is in use today and revolutionized the industry.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake Challah, other breads and specialty cakes. I prefer the challenge of vegan baking and cooking. I have passed down my knowledge to my son who is a creative professional chef. I believe he makes the best chicken in the world. He has worked in the finest restaurants around the world setting up kosher kitchens for tours including places such as China,and Gibraltar.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our family tradition is the preparation of meals for the Sabbath, which include fresh challah, cholent, kishka, and other Jewish traditional foods. My son and I work well together but to tell the truth I love when he says he can make it better than me and then creates something way off the charts, delicious and something to rave about.
My cooking triumphs
I catered an event for 1800 people and did it well. The challenge was little time and only 4 people to help me. I also taught my students how to run a fast food restaurant, both front & back of the house, and they earned a lot of money serving students 3 times a week for just twenty minutes each time. This income provided enough income to sustain 6 classes to thrive and afford supplies and then some.
My cooking tragedies
I remember my first 2 tragedies. My first attempt at making icing. I was seven and did not know the butter had to be softened and mistook the amount of liquid to add. The result was a watery lumpy mess. The second was when I was 15. I made fried chicken that had so much coating the chicken was raw and the coating was a greasy burned clump of flour. However, my family was great both times and I remember how they raved about how good everything was. I knew better at 15 and then resolved to learn techniques. Thank goodness for Julia Child was on TV at the time of the chicken episode and the Joy of Cooking became my handbook.