I can’t say I was ever that kid who grew up in the kitchen, learning from his grandmother about cooking and helping to put dinner on the table for the family. I did eat a whole lot of her food, though. No, I was not making linguini at the age of seven or interning at the biggest pastry school after high school. I entered the kitchen after countless hours spent watching cooking television. I might not have vast culinary experience, but I can say I know how to make the perfect chocolate-chip cookie because of Alton Brown. Giada De Leurentiis made me believe in fontina cheese. I am a pulled pork king because of the Neelys’ barbecue sauce recipe. After dabbling in everything from clarinet performance to massage therapy, I discovered cooking and food was my true passion.