If you’re reading this, it probably means you’ve been struck with that little mental itch. Maybe you’re the first one invited to your neighborhood Super Bowl party, because everyone loves your Mexican Street Corn dip. Maybe people still talk about the dinner party you hosted last September, the one where you roasted an entire suckling pig in the backyard, in a pit it took you three days to dig. Or maybe you can’t figure out how to eat a meal, without first posting a picture of it to Instagram.
Whatever the details of your individual circumstance, you’ve got the bug. And you keep coming back to the same question, ringing endlessly over and over in your head: Could I cook for a living? Could I open a restaurant of my own, break the shackles of my dead-end job, and earn a living doing exactly what I love?
With this weekly-updated website, I want to show you that the answer is yes. Or at least, a super-firm “probably.” The truth is, there are a lot steps in between “dreaming” and “doing,” and most of the people you’ll meet don’t make it too far down that path. After all, “not doing” is much, much easier than “doing.” But I want to tell you a little bit about how I’ve done it, in the hope that it will be helpful to anyone who is either thinking about joining the restaurant business, or anyone new to the industry that’s looking for answers to the hundreds of questions that come up each week. You’ll find industry insights, tips and tricks, anecdotes about my time so far in this business, information and research for your own restaurant, and an archive of recipes that I use in my business, copied out of my threadbare leather-bound “kitchen bible,” scaled up to serving sizes of 50 or more, and preserved electronically.
Look, I know that there’s really no such thing as an internet anymore. The internet is like, the three websites you use every day. But I’m too old for TikTok, I still don’t understand what to do with Twitter, and this format is what I know. I hope you’ll follow along. And of course, if you ever have any questions, comments, or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know.