I am a Red Seal Chef,
Food Columnist, Cookbook Author, and now the Western Canada
Rep for Big Green Egg. For many years I built my culinary
career offering cooking classes and performing cooking shows
(both live and on TV). These culinary classes and cooking
shows were a reflection of the enthusiasm I have for food
and people. It is an absolute joy to meet so many great
people and have the opportunity to rekindle their food passions
in the kitchen. I made sure that my classes were fun, informative
and not intimidating. I truly believe that a learning environment
that is entertaining will equal optimal results, and thus
I did my best to ensure an enjoyable time for you. an enjoyable
time for you.
My food column (Chef
Dez on Cooking) still runs in many community newspapers across
Canada and Washington State, and I still make appearance at
a variety of events - please click on the "Media Appearances"
tab on my website for more details. Food and food preparation
has always been a large part of my life. Although I have a
French & German heritage, I absolutely love Mediterranean
cuisine, like Greek & Italian, and also Southern and Tex-Mex
cuisines. I was born and raised in the Lower Mainland of British
Columbia, and this is where I "hang my hat" today.
I have worked side by side with some great Chefs in Canada
throughout my career, and I bring their knowledge to you.
I like to focus on creating incredibly delicious dishes that
are made with local everyday ingredients. This along with
a "side dish" of Morals, Family Values and Garnish
makes the Chef Dez "Experience" a well rounded one.
The passion that I
have for food is owed to my Mom. She was always there to
offer me a spot beside her in the kitchen. While other boys
my age were involved in various sports activities, my idea
of a team was right there in our home. Still to this day,
I can almost hear the scuffing of the old wooden footstool
as I dragged it across the floor. There I would stand upon
the flour-dusted crevices as she secured my apron readying
me for our next culinary adventure. I always opted to be
in the kitchen with her, and so I grew up with food preparation
being a major part of my life. In fact, I prepared my first
full gourmet meal of "duck a l'orange" and all
the trimmings for my family when I was just thirteen years
old... the rest is history.
One of the most wonderfully
appealing aspects of food is creating (and eating) something
completely delicious. Even if you are not the culinary type
that craves to unleash your cooking talents in the kitchen,
you are still capable of appreciating a recipe just by tasting
it. Food is life, quite literally, because without it we would
not survive. Therefore, if you have to endure the chore of
eating anyway, why not consciously make efforts to broaden
your culinary aspirations.