Who’s this random guy behind the scenes of the blog, you ask? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out.
My name is Dennis Chu and I am an aeronautical engineer currently working in southern California. I love to cook and I love to eat, both of which fit in perfectly to fuel this food blog.
In the past, when people would ask me for restaurant recommendations, I found that I was really only naming off chain restaurants. So, in an effort to push myself to go out and explore the local area for those hidden gems, this food blog was born. It’s turned into a great creative side project of mine where I can document my food journey as I explore new places, with a little sprinkle of some cooking of my own as well.
When I was 5, my mom got me this kids’ cookbook from Barnes & Noble that I used to read endlessly from cover-to-cover. It was an awesome book, filled with these recipes and all this artwork. My mom even tells me that the cookbook helped me improve my ability to read and speak English (I spoke Cantonese growing up). I always remember how much fun I had baking recipes from that cookbook, whether it be muffins or brownies or cookies, and that love of making food continued on as I began to watch my dad cook dinner during the weeknights. You could say that I went from mixing bowls and the oven to frying pans and the stovetop.
For a good chunk of time as I went through elementary school and middle school, I watched (and helped on occasion) my dad cook or my mom bake. After a while, I starting watching more shows on the Food Network and learning more about cooking techniques and different ingredients to use for various dishes. And then, one day, I stumbled across a cooking competition show on Bravo called Top Chef. Mise en place, creme fraiche, apple cider reduction… say what? My natural culinary curiosity caused me to look up a lot of the terms I had heard on the show and helped to expand my cooking knowledge. After all that, I started to get really excited about getting into the kitchen and cooking.
My love for food has only grown since then; as my family and friends know, I could talk about food for hours. Whether it be trying a new restaurant or cooking a new dish, I’m always down to go and explore. I really believe that experiencing food is a journey, and I’m excited to see what the next chapter entails.
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