How I got here

Cooking at Williams-Sonoma, July 2010

Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you that I’m a pretty good cook.  Ok, a damn good cook.  And I’m self-taught. But I’ve had a little help along the way.

When I moved into my first apartment in college, it was 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and one kitchen.  And that was the one room no one used.  So I bought a cookbook here and there, bought quirky ingredients from World Market and the – at the time – never visited international aisles of the grocery store.  And I experimented.  And put a lot of meals down the disposer.  And burned a lot of sauces.  And over time – I got a lot better.

Fast forward to 2009.  entered a cooking contest with the Houston Astros for new ballpark food.  I submitted a recipe for lettuce wraps and got invited to cook at the ballpark.  I had my own sous chef for a day.  I placed 3rd and got an autographed Carlos Lee bat as my prize.

Later that year,  I landed the perfect foodie job.  I began working as a sales rep for a fantastic, well-known but small, company – Zwilling JA Henckels.  Most known for knife-making, they are also the manufacturers of Staub cast iron and Demeyere stainless steel cookware.  I spent my days in Sur la Table, Williams-Sonoma, Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sharing my knowledge and love of our product with consumers and employees alike.  It wasn’t glamorous – some days it was me, a label maker, and a knife case for 2 hours, but other days I was on the sales floor, cooking, cutting, and talking about what I love with people who want to listen.  Very gratifying.

Training one of the SLT crews, May 2010

I got the chance to gain some great knowledge – knife skills for one – and do some really great things in my short stint at ZJAH.  I’ve cooked for Williams-Sonoma in Dallas and Houston, and been part of 2 major product launches.

Peach Cobblers for Williams-Sonoma, Staub launch, July 2010

But I’ve left that all behind for a full-time job in retail, and cooking has become just a hobby once again.  Would I go back?  Absolutely.  But for now, I’m ok with cooking for relaxation.  I don’t have to pay into my deductible for this kind of therapy.

In the meantime, when I’m not  working, or working out, I watch a little baseball, and live a simple life with my husband and 2 dogs.


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