I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and was born in Esterhazy Saskatchewan. I am in the Food & Beverage industry and have been for over 22 years. I love to cook, but I would not call myself a "Chef". While I'm not good at creating recipes, I can take a recipe and tweak it or improve on it. I would have to say that I'm a self taught cook as my Mother never had time to really teach me. I would just watch her and figured it out on my own. I have collected 1000's of recipes (lots from here on Zaar) from cookbooks, clippings, pamphlets, you name it. I like to read (favorite author is Jackie Collins), watch movies, trying to figure out how computers work and like to surf the net. Although I can stay in the background for months and not say anything, I'm always here on Zaar. It's a great site to be involved with.