A question from Mallory Reed.
I was always adventurous with food even as a young child, even ordering lobster at Alioto’s restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco at a family dinner. My father said: “If you want to order lobster, you better eat the lobster!” How inspiring! Well, I ate the lobster and loved it!
I used to help my mother prepare food for dinner parties at our house when I was a child too.
When I was an adult, I worked in the electronics industry for 10 years in silicon valley. I used to come home from work and experiment with cooking using a cookbooks series I bought through the mail (no internet back then!). When I decided to change careers, I asked my mom for ideas. She asked “what do you love doing?”. I replied, “cooking every night I get home from work!”. Then I visited with a man I knew growing up that had a delicatessen, which now owned a gourmet pizza place in town. He hired me on the spot as the manager of his new takeout store, opening in a few months. That started my career.