A little about Kevin is Cooking
My focus is creating approachable, family friendly recipes. Here you’ll find classic American favorites, including a love for BBQ, Mexican and Tex Mex recipes, too. My passion is adding flavor in simple and creative ways, because life’s too short to be bland!
I was bitten by the cooking bug as a kid cooking and baking along side my mom in San Francisco. As a teenager, I took an ROP course in Restaurants in Marin County, learning about the front and back of the house. I quickly learned tips and tricks in the kitchen from a red haired, French chef named Gerard. He taught me the basics of making a roux to soups, salad dressings, beurre blancs and other beginner classics and baking techniques. It piqued in me a secret talent and a way to express myself. It was a fantastic crash course that lit the fire for me.
I then went on to work in restaurants and catering in San Diego; from small gastronomic eateries like Piret’s to large restaurants like La Valencia in La Jolla and for the largest catering company in San Diego circa mid-’80s, The Carriage Trade, for several years. It was all hands on training and I learned a lot. I’ve even gone on to take a course at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France a few years ago.
Life intervened, but I never really stepped away from the stove. I worked the corporate life for a while in design so I could have a better schedule. While I excelled and worked at some pretty large companies doing graphic advertising design and User Interface Design for Illumina, eBay and Walmart, my passion was just not in it.
Now I live the cooking life every day up in Oregon. Inspired by my love for travel and trying new cuisines from cultures near and far has led me to explore Mexico, the Bahamas, England, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, Egypt (three times), China, Hong Kong, India, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Australia. In October of 2020 I started my second food site, Silk Road Recipes. After years of cooking these recipes for family and friends, I decided to share my passion for the foods along the ancient Silk Road with you, too. From the Mediterranean, Middle East and Persia to India and China, I hope you come follow along there as well!
In the end, my story is about my desire to help you cook easier and smarter and to explore new flavors and ideas.
Equipment I use
For a full list of the equipment I use for Photography and Video, including Lighting, you can read all about it here >>> Equipment
CLIENT BRAND WORK
Some of the exciting brands I’ve recently worked with have been Traeger Wood Fired Grills, Masterbuilt Smokers, Smithfield Pork, Tabasco, Farmer John, Crock-Pot, Kettle Brand Chip, Alaska Seafood Board, and the California Walnut Board.
Work With Me
Recipe Development/Sponsored Posts
I’d be honored to work with your brand to create recipes using your products and to photograph the recipes and showcase them on my blog, and/or on your website. Reach out and email me via the Contact page, or review my Work With Me page with rates, stats and more information of brands I works with.
I love working with brands long-term and am happy to negotiate year-long or longer-term contracts. Reach out and email me via the Contact page, or review my Work With Me page with rates, stats and more information of brands I works with.