ABOUT ME

Who’s this random guy behind the scenes of the blog, you ask? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out.

That's Me!

My name is Dennis Chu and I am an aeronautical engineer currently working in central Florida. I graduated from Purdue University in May 2012 and absolutely loved the four years that I spent there. I love to cook and I love to eat, both of which certainly help to fuel the contents of this food blog.

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 ChefMise en placecreme 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.

Ever since then, I have been trying my hand at various dishes and consistently working at improving my technique. I believe that food is a journey, an experience. It is something that can be taken with anyone, at anytime, and anywhere. It is a universal language that is spoken around the world in a variety of different ways, and it is also an avenue upon which you can express yourself and give back to your family, your friends, those that surround and support you. It is a part of this philosophy that I am always working to push my limits and to try new things, whether it be attempting to cook a new dish or sampling a new restaurant (or cuisine) for the first time. By broadening my horizons, I hope to widen the scope of how I cook and what exactly I can bring to the table.

6 thoughts on “ABOUT ME

  1. Dennis,

    My name is Jason Podell and I am the General Manager of Scotty’s Brewhouse in West Lafayette. I read your review of our restaurant and I was SO pleased to see how your experiences and perception match up with what we are striving to deliver. Thank you SO much for sharing this with your followers and with me. I consistenly hear what we are doing wrong, so it’s refreshing to read such a thorough and positive evaluation of our operation. Thank you a thousand times.

    Please keep me posted on how we are doing, I need to make sure we are taking great care of you and your friends every time you come in. My email is jpodell@scottysbrewhouse.com and you can always submit online comments at http://www.scottysbrewhouse.com. Thanks again Dennis, have a fantastic day!

  2. Hi Dennis,

    Came across your blog and really enjoy reading your reviews! I have a question for you and was hoping I could correspond with you via email, would you mind sending me a note at the address provided? Thank you!

  3. Hi Dennis,

    My name is Kayla and I am a student at The University of Maryland. I am currently an Ambassador for Bobby’s Burger Palace, Chef Bobby Flay’s burger chain. We are having an event in November called a Blogger ‘Tweet&Eat’ Luncheon and would love for you to join us. Please e-mail me back at the provided address so I can forward you more information about the event!

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Kayla

  4. Hi Dennis-

    I’m working for a food blogger community company in NYC called Tabelog (www.tabelog.us). We’re a subsidiary of the largest site in Japan, Tabelog.com

    We brought their restaurant awards to the US, which are judged solely by a panel of local food bloggers. The winning restaurants get a framed 2015 award, and the food bloggers get an “Official Judge” badge and related PR for their blogs. We’re looking for bloggers from the Washington DC and Baltimore area to invite as official judges. Is this something you would be interested in? I’m looking forward to hear from you.

    Thank you
    Sachiko

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