When I started out cooking, I had no intent to try and make a full career out of it. In fact I don’t think my family even trusted me in a kitchen. Acting and Film, that was my passion. Even after years in a couple family reasaurants, it was just a job although I did enjoy the dance of being a line cook, it never occurred to me that there could be more.
This is until I decided to do a Marine cooking program at the local college. The chefs there opened my eyes to what food really means, it sounds corny I know but it’s art meets science. They gave me enough to go off and start growing as a cook. Amazing Chefs both in there own right, they were able to pack in so much knowledge in such a short period of time. Then after that program, the boats happened.
Now getting a good crew full of people that loved different food was a dream. I would be able to practice my craft and get better at it but if got on a crew who were picky, it was misery. Now after a few years trying to convince myself that I didn’t get sea sick (that’s a lie I still get sea sick all the friggin time), making a lot of dishes for quite a few sailors and trying not to sound like an arsehole about food (I fail here as well), I couldn’t help but thinking there’s got to be more to this cooking thing.
People would keep asking me for recipes all the time and one day it clicked! I’ll shoot some recipes and post them to YouTube for people to try. Right now it feels like the worst decision I had ever made but while I am doing it, combining to of my passions together film and food, words can’t describe and that’s the problem. It’s a slow market for food videos on YouTube. Even some of the biggest food people don’t get the views and following as a lot of other YouTubers especially when you are doing it all yourself and the content is not as good as envisioned. Anyway, this started to become a little issue when people weren’t watching. I’d post a video, few would watch, I’d get distressed and not make one for a while. It’s only latley that I have changed the format a little tried to be more consistent but YouTube is rough. I’ll leave the link for my channel and move on.
Here’s my latest video, where I tried something a little different.
The next issue with the offshore is that it’s not constant, so we get laid off from time to time, which really hurts. The last time I was laid off I went off the rails altogether and tried to make a cookbook work. It was digital and it did not save the day like I had imagined it would. Where I do have the cooking skills there’s a little lacking in the social skills department. There are times when full blown panic attacks happen right before a phone call, I kid you not. I’ll leave a link at the bottom if you want to grab a copy of the book for $2.50 CAD. I couldn’t figure out how to get the darn thing up on iBooks and it was done in the wrong format for selling on other platforms. So I ended up selling it trough another site called Pay-hip. I figured the book would save the day all the while helping out the little guy, life would turn around and I’d be working on my own cooking show ha. That’s not how life works and I know it but a part of me is still thinking hey it happens maybe I could be one of those lucky few but it’s hard when you mess up the formula but I had no idea I would want this so bad!
I broke formula and that’s why I need your help sharing this story. It should go cook in kitchens or even buss and dishwash first, work your way up the ladder, making connections along the way head to a fine dining establishment and repeat the process or go to culinary school. Open your own restaurant and market yourself right. Make a whole bunch of public appearances, write a cookbook then start a show if you are into that. I started out in the kitchens went to a cooking program and then offshore. Now I’m trying to do the Cookbook thing without connections and peers. It’s tough but hopefully this writing will help find the right group of people for me. I want to make my cooking mean something not only to my family but hopefully to others that struggle as well. Don’t get me wrong cooking offshore is fun, it’s just a little harder to get the connections to do more with cooking being the only cook on shift most of the time. All the best and leave a comment of something you struggle with or how you have overcome struggles.
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