My name is Eli Malone. I used to be a professional cook; now I’m not. I have a culinary degree from Kendall College (a great school) and experience in a few restaurants.
Why did I give up cooking (professionally)? Time and money. Between the shitty hours and shitty pay, it just wasn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the work, but sometimes love just isn’t enough…especially when it means 2 pm to 2 am shifts every weekend (or worse: 5 am to 2 pm shifts.) So here I am.
Now I spend my days writing project requirements and documentation for a small web development company…which I love. And spend my evenings and weekends trying to balance time with my wife and kid, cooking and, well, having a life.
I try to be adventurous in the kitchen, but I’m also cooking for a 4 year old most of the time. The two don’t necessarily go hand in hand. (There are plenty of macaroni and cheese or pancakes for dinner nights, but those don’t make the cut here.) I tend to make things up as I go instead of following recipes, but I also love to read food blogs, cooking magazines and cookbooks. I get new cookbooks fairly regularly, look through them for ideas, then generally don’t actually cook from them…but I still enjoy acquiring and keeping them. I’m also somewhat obsessive about bookmarking recipes online, which I then rarely go back and cook.
I’m also fond of parentheses, ellipses and semicolons. And non-sequitur.