Joe tried to make broccoli cake for his grandma 🍰👵
Get to know Joe in this Q&A, and get his “Sweet potato and shrimp curry,” Monday (6/3) from 6-8PM in Logan Square!
Q: What’s your cooking background?
Joe: My grandmother is an amazing cook. She didn’t have training but she learned from her mother and in turn I learned a lot from her. I spent a lot of time with her as a kid and she was very patient with me as I fiddled with ingredients in the kitchen.
My uncles had a huge hand in helping me learn how to taste as I cook and how to master a grill. Food and family are a huge influence on my cooking. If grandma doesn’t like it, I usually will change my recipe.
Q: Where did you grow up? What kind of food did you grow up with?
Joe: I grew up in Indiana. As a kid a lot of the places we had in town to eat were chains or see heavy on the pub food. Home cooking was especially important to my step-mom and maternal grandparents. So I had a lot of meals at home. (Though a trip to Culver’s was always a treat).
As an adult I’ve learned to tweak the recipes and create new ones out of things we made all the time. Christmas was always crawfish étouffée. I’m really proud of being able to do that dish.
Q: What’s your favorite food memory?
Joe: When I was about five I convinced my grandma that a broccoli cake would be a great thing. So, she let me make it, and it turned out about as horrible as you could expect it to.
Q: Anything else we should know about you and your cooking?
Joe: I love to cook and I love to make healthy, delicious meals that are not only affordable but are something you normally cannot get at a restaurant. I follow a lot of Gordon Ramsay’s tips about cooking. Fresh never frozen and simple but tasteful.