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I learned to cook at any early age, watching my mother and father.The first meal I cooked, at age 4, was bacon IN eggs, seeing that the griddle was warped to the center. My mother awoke to the smell, and came running, proudly proclaiming,"well my young man, you have been watching". Ever since then I've been consumed with dishes of my youth. Southern dishes, Italian favorites, Mostly the pursuit of my mom's corned beef and cabbage. Being Irish I've looked high and low. Last year I recieved the best cooking compliment EVER. I had made my "Kitchen Sink Gumbo" for a party of 100 at a friends house. I had a gentleman come up to me and say, "Sir I have worked in three different restaurants in New Orleans, and that is THE BEST Gumbo I have ever eaten!" Thats why I keep on searching, to get better and learn.