Cooking since he was five, the
"My grandma used to stand me on the chair so I could reach the counter," he said. "Born and raised in
"Cooking at the fire station taught me that there's more than one way to make anything," he said. "I learned a lot from the old guys — and now I'm the old guy. Everybody has their own family recipes and over time I took the best from the best and re-invented it as my own."
Following his first cookbook,
"Readers of the cookbook kept emailing saying they were tired of mixing it themselves," he said.
To promote the book,
"She suggested I enter with my blackened cheeseburger,"
Within a week of his entry,
"We were in
Of his time on the Rachael Ray set,
"It was unusual," he said. "I've filmed segments for early morning TV shows in the region, but that's just in front of a handful of reporters. On the 'Rachael Ray Show,' you're in front of 100 or so audience members."
"They asked a lot of questions,"
As for the Burger of the Month winner,
"We had to sign a non-disclosure agreement; and once I sign something that's it,"
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