To give you a little idea of how I ended up in New York as the co-host (opposite actress/Lady Gaga impersonator Athena Reich) of the LGBT cooking web series, The Curious Cook ,I'll breakdown the adventure that has been my life into a few short paragraphs. I was born in California and raised in Iowa both of my amazing parents as the middle child of 5 super siblings. I came out as gay my freshman year and helped start Decorah High School's first Gay Straight Alliance before hightailing it to the adolescent queer artistic mecca that is Idyllwild Art Academy back in SoCal to finish my junior and senior year.
After dabbling in the creative arts I followed my older brother Trevor to Chicago to study my favorite art, culinary, at Le Cordon Bleu while he made some amazing music with his band, Baker London. I started dishwashing at a bitchin vegetarian, lesbian run kitchen called The Handlebar in Chicago's Bucktown area and my cooking career exploded from there. After working my way up the ranks to saute cook and getting my Associates I decided to get back to nature and study permaculture design and outdoor survival skills at Alderleaf Wilderness College in Washington state which ultimately led to accepting a summer job as a line cook in Cooper Landing, Alaska.
Whilst looking for my next seasonal gig I spied an ad online for a production line cook position in Antarctica; naturally I had a few beers and filled out the extensive application and paperwork and, lo and behold, nearly two years, thousands of dollars of medical/psychological tests and a trip halfway around the world I ended up at the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station for an entire year cooking for scientists and support crew. Upon returning to the northern hemisphere I took the next logical career move and became a USDA inspector at a pork processing plant in rural Iowa but unexpectedly met the love of my live, Matthew Hemesath, and got conned into moving to Man-fricking-hattan.
After a brief bout of culture shock I got into the swing of things and started my transition into aspiring actor/model/cater waiter, as all impressionable Midwestern boys are required to do upon arriving in this city. And while I enjoy how easy, glamorous and gratifying show biz is, (show biz is none of these things) I will always be a cook at heart so when I saw and ad on Craigslist for a gay cooking show co-host I was stoked to audition and get the part! Plus this was the perfect way for me to take advantage of how many amazing opportunities New York has to offer and really appreciate being here, no matter how crazy/hectic it can be. So now I'm here, I'm queer and I wanna show you how to make impressively awesome food at home. So stay tuned to this blog, or follow us on Facebook or twitter cause the first episode of The Curious Cook airs on October 2nd, 2013 and you don't wanna miss some ridiculous recipes and scintillating conversation with creative, successful ambassadors of the LGBT community.