I'm a classically trained chef (finished culinary school the year the Food Network launched), have worked in Michelin starred restaurants, and eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the world. I've owned a restaurant and taught cooking in a professional chef/cooking training school. I left the culinary industry completely a few years ago in favor of more geeky/computer related pursuits which pay a lot better, but always seem less nourishing for the soul. As a result, I tend to enjoy cooking at home, for friends, or at friends home a lot more than I did when I was getting paid to do it every day.
I'm an avid, and competent amateur (amateur, because though I have gotten paid for my work, I've never made a living at it) photographer, I started college as a photo major but chose not to pursue it professionally. I really enjoy photographing people, and have done some critically well-received erotic work.
(Maybe that should be listed with "The most private thing I’m willing to admit" ? )
Books; Most recently, Haru Murakami, "Last Exit to Brooklyn", "Billy Bathgate", and long time favorites include "A Clockwork Orange", "The Omnivores Dilemma", "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", "The Ethical Slut", "S/M 101", I've found myself enjoying biographies in the past few years like "Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade", been reading a bunch of Lawrence Lessig lately, and I read a LOT of cookbooks, my current passion is J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's "The Food Lab", purchased because I got a signed copy.
Music; Run The Jewels, Girl Talk, Prophets of Rage, Kamasi Washington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, The Who, Beck, Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, The Clash, Eric Clapton, X, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam and yeah, I did see The Grateful Dead over 100 times, but that was back when I had long hair.
Movies; Scorpio Rising, Zombieland, The Seven Samurai, The Godfather, Raging Bull, Dr. Strangelove, Blade Runner, Brazil, In the Realm of the Senses/Ai No Corrida, Crash (Cronenberg), Silence of the Lambs, Bad Lieutenant, Pulp Fiction, Casino, Secretary, Eyes Wide Shut
I also have a profile on FetLife, if that is an interest for you, I'm glad to share it in a private message.
So, if you want to grab a coffee, or other beverage. Heck, if you are sorta cute and interested in meeting a big guy with a shaved head who gets around on 2 wheels, you should message me.