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Luis M Reyes

My passion for food, recipes and sharing with other cooks and chefs is what drives me every day to be a better Chef. Food is Life, enjoy it!

     

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Who or what inspires you to cook?

Growing up, my Mother and Grandmother sparked my interest in cooking and ingredients. Although I never thought that I was going to pursuit the Culinary Arts as a career; they taught me the importance of the sacred time around the dinner table with family, the importance of the ingredients, where they came from and how grateful we had to be no matter how much we had. My Grandfather taught me to cultivate and take care of our resources, because they will take care of us...air, land and sea.

What's your all time favorite dish to make?

Instead of a favorite dish, I have a favorite piece of equipment...The Grill. Love the simplicity and the complexity of flavors at the same time you can get with it. What I will be cooking depends in what side of the bed I get up; it could be a Ribeye or Strip steak with just salt and olive oil; any kind of seafood, love seafood! Or a good selection of vegetables, anything on cooked on the grill is great!

What would you do with the $25,000?

After 30 years in foodservice, I want to keep giving back to the community. If I win, I will use the funds to open a non profit organization to help develop culinary interest in teenagers. I believe that learning basic culinary skills at that age, can inspire them to work in the foodservice industry and it is a skill that they can use in life. I never thought I was going to be a chef, but knowing how to cook at an early age, even basic meals help me tremendously before becoming a Chef.

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