Watch Me Grow

Even though the web can be a cesspool of shadowy characters and dark thoughts, it is also a space filled with beautiful people [like you!] and remains the most effective mode of communication we have at our disposal today. In the last few years we have witnessed its potential to set trends, and provide the type of provocative images that have triggered calls to community action amongst beautiful people like you. It is this potential for building bridges and inspiring community action, which inspires me to want to start talking to you on a regular basis.
Honestly I am very weary exposing myself to the pettiness of the web, but also feel the need to be part of the ongoing conversation about food and about a changing Washington DC. As excited as I am to counter the negativity by providing something uplifting, there is a part of me that thinks it would be easier if I created a persona to hide behind partly because of my fear of not being a good enough writer. I wouldn’t do that even though just thinking about posting pictures of my food is scary. Seriously.

In a way, this blogging makes me feel like a turtle about to come out of its shell. For those of you who don’t know, for a large part of my life, I have been cooking and leading teams of young people in their food discovery journeys, and is the one thing that forces me out of whatever shell I exist in at any given time. This will be a daunting task but I have made up my mind to share myself with you; everything, including my flaws.

I owe it to you; after all, you have been like family, and cooking for you or with you is what gave me the chance to really see myself, and to know my potential. Cooking is also responsible for my ability to confront painfully challenging undertakings with grace and technique. It is such lessons that I would to instill in the people I lead, whether they are a kid fresh out of high school or a man thirty years my senior. While I am aware that self-discovery through cooking is not for the faint of heart because of the potential for failure, I also know that writing this blog will be a journey of self-discovery that will expose my vulnerabilities. But it is a challenging undertaking I am willing to undertake.

This is the beginning of a long journey. I want to grow with you watching me.


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Environmentally conscious Washington DC based chef,with a passion for the future of food.