>>7246420 Mum was chef, whole family big into food. Learn to cook from babby. Was a welder/fabricator originally, had a big bike crash, fucked up left side of chest. Couldn't do metalwork anymore, needed new career. Realised I like to cook, may as well make money from it. Never looked back.
>>7246420 When I was growing up I went to a babysitter every day after school until I was 11. We were only allowed to watch PBS and the only ones I would watch were Mr Rogers and the Frugal Gourmet. Frugal Gourmet would air before dinner time and I would be super hungry so I was enthralled. About the time I turned 8 I started helping my mom cut veg in the kitchen
>>7246420 Cooking shows. I tried Alton Brown and he's a bit too childish for me with his skits and shit, but then you see somebody like Ramsay who is over the top most of the time and you don't want to be involved in that. but then Master Chef was so good. I thought, "this faggot with tattoos and piercings is making food these chefs like? i can do that"
I was on Adderall for close to a decade, and the day I ran out was during a butchery course in culinary school.
On that particular day the instructor broke down a whole lamb, and was super excited that parts of it were going green (so that we could see an example of meat that was spoiled, and not simply oxidized).
My heightened appetite was not a good thing that day.
I love food. My parents were middle-upper class and my dad is somewhat of a glutton, so we ate out multiple times a week -- but they have good taste in food. My mother cooked every day of the week up until shortly before I moved out (also before they went broke; my dad was a home builder and the housing market went to shit). Eventually I recognized that I could make similar or better quality food at home than what I had eating at decent restaurants at a fraction of the cost. It's sort of developed from there
Neccesity. My mother was an awful cook and underfed me, I eventually learned to cook myself. I would have learned earlier so I wouldn't have to eat her garbage, but she was a hoarder who blamed everyone else for making messes (that she made) and didn't want me to "make a mess in the kitchen"
Eventually she tried some of the food I was making and that shut her the fuck up, which is probably one of the warmest memories I have of her because she actually respected me then.
I don't think I could spend too much time and energy for something "useless". Cooking is perfect, it's fun, you can be creative, you can try hard, there is an unlimited amount of recipes and techniques to learn, and, well, you get to eat during the process.
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