For over twenty years I studied
cookery under the great TV master chefs – Julia Childs, Graham Kerr, The Frugal Gourmet, Yan Can Cook, and other rising
stars of the culinary world. In 2001 I discovered The United States Personal Chef
Association, and attended their Culinary Institute in Phoenix, AZ. After graduation I “hung out my skillet”
as The Portable Gourmet, the first Personal Chef in Yavapai County,
AZ. After a successful two year run,
I moved my business to Fort Collins Colorado. Again my business was well received, but an unfortunate chain of events forced me to return
to the world of Technical Writing where I had worked for some 20 years. I recently
spent nearly two years on Kwajalein island, a remote atoll in the far Pacific. Even there I continued to pursue Personal Cheffing on weekends and evenings.
In February 2007 I returned to the States and settled in Sarasota,
FL. Happy circumstances here created
my new business name
The Kilted Cook.
Why The Kilted Cook? I own
and wear a kilt, and I cook. What could be more natural? I’ve been involved various Scottish societies for over 30 years. I
was the first Vice Chieftain of the Northern Colorado Scottish Society, and bass drummer for the Fort Collins Pipe Band. Later, I was involved with the Utah Scots when I lived in Salt Lake City for nearly ten years. When I moved
to Salem, OR I joined the
Mid-Willamette Scottish Heritage Society and eventually served as Vice President of that organization. Even on a tiny Pacific island, I was the bass drummer for the Kwajalein Pipes & Drums – the most remote
Pipe Band in the world!
Another major interest in
my life is the teaching and study of Old Yang Style T'ai-chi Ch'uan and T'aichi Sword, the ancient Chinese disciplines of
mind-body-spirit. T'ai chi is a health maintenance exercise system, a form of moving meditation, and a formitable method
of conflict resolution.
My other hobbies and interests
include building and playing mountain dulcimer, Anglo-Saxon and northern European lyres, and several other unique musical
instruments; snorkeling and underwater photography; travel, and boating in several forms.