So, What Am I Doing Now?…

I guess the main question you all want to know is what am I currently up to? If I were to fill in the blanks of everything I have done in the past 16 months, that would take quite a while. I promise I will tell most of that story, but it’s such a daunting task to undertake, I’m of course procrastinating on the subject.

Teaching again – makes me so happy!

Some of you may remember from my previous blog that I offered up the ability for anyone to take a private cooking class with me.  It was a chance to hopefully reconnect with what got me started cooking in the first place – teaching cooking classes.  I didn’t really promote it much, as my main focus was working in restaurants, but I thought I’d give it a shot in case anyone was willing to give it a shot.

Well, as business models go, “hoping people give it a shot,” is not a surefire way to drum up business.  So it didn’t amount to much.  Just the occasional class at LIFeSTYLE in Bedford, PA.  Though the people who took my classes there really seemed to love my work…

In the past year, after coming back from England, I spent the majority of my time working on opening a new restaurant called Open Kitchen in Falls Church, VA. (More on that later, I promise.) Well, part of what Open Kitchen does is teach cooking classes on Mondays and Tuesdays. (I have an event there tonight in fact…) And while I was working hard to keep the restaurant part of the business running smoothly, it was the classes I was teaching periodically that were really making my day.

Long story short (long story long coming later…) I decided to hang up the “working in restaurants” thing and try out “teaching cooking classes full time” thing instead.  So now I am a full-time culinary instructor!

One of my recent cooking demo creations:
Seared Top Round Roulade with Watercress Salad, Roasted Garlic Smashed Red Bliss Potatoes and Cabernet Reduction

I teach at many venues including LIFeSTYLE, Open Kitchen, Sur La Table, Fairfax County Adult and Community Education, and a few others.  I also teach private classes and do “instructional dinners” in people’s homes.  (A little something extra for your next dinner party to be sure…)

And all the while, I’m working hard on my cookbook.  Setting my own schedule has freed up a lot of my time to live my life, and enjoy being involved in the culinary world I love so much.  And it gives me a chance to try new recipes and see how people learn to cook – which will only help me in the writing of my cookbook!

So that’s what I do now.  The long drawn out story of how I got here will follow periodically.  Mainly when I can’t think of anything else to say.

But in the meantime, check out my website to learn more about my cooking classes!  They make excellent Christmas gifts! 😉

Chef Matt

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4 Responses to “So, What Am I Doing Now?…”

  1. Swan says:

    You were born to teach–and anyone who’s taken your classes knows it! Your passion and enthusiasm are obvious. It’s so fun to watch someone doing what they love. And the blog is part of it! Welcome back to the Interwebs! Huzzah!

  2. Chuck says:

    Great to be reading you again! Dying to catch up sometime SOON.

  3. We have a gingerbread making party each year. It is some thing we started over 20 years ago when my sister and I had been teenagers, and my little brother was at the proper age to enjoy such things (6-7). We alternate whose house it is at every year, and occasionally we have themes or contests. We’ve built gingerbread churches, cabins, tents, lean-to’s, and replicas of our own real homes. We also have spiced cider, play Christmas music, and get sick eating the candy we use to decorate the houses, but we always have a blast. It is incredibly nerdy, but enjoyable, and every year we have new people join us within the festivities, such as our spouses, older brother, and now niece. It’s a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, and we all get to take home our creations at the end of the day.

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