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jimithing11
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At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


I'm in my 20s and started cooking in high school when my parents worked late.

Was there a particular event that led you to start cooking?

If you started late, do you wish you would have started earlier?










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Salmon
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


I started taking cooking seriously in my mid 20s

more money and the desire to eat healthier were the reasons






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Gris Gris
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


When I got my easy bake oven.





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LSU-MNCBABY
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


my dad owned some restaurants when I was little so was always interested in it. I "helped" him with everything growing up, so once I was out on my own, I started cooking some stuff I had watched him do.

Think involving your kids in cooking is a great thing, esp in todays world. Whenever I have a little one I'll try and pass on the cooking bug to him!






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nikki6
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


Mid-20's I think. The Food Channel was popular with some great shows like Emeril/Mario Batali/Bobby Flay/Alton Brown and their various cooking shows, and I really got into trying new dishes, playing around with different ingredients/spices, asking for cooking related gifts at Christmas etc.
The interest lasted for years, but over the course of the last few years I got really busy with work and life and haven't really cooked anything. Plus the Food Channel isn't as good anymore as it once was. Seems like they go more for pretty faces or gimmicks than legitimate cooking shows with legitimate chefs these days.
I am having more time free up nowadays and I'm looking to get back into it again. I do miss it.






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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


quote:

When I got my easy bake oven.


This. And I'm not ashamed to say it.






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Fight4LSU
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


After my divorce in 2008. I was 28. I got disgusted (and broke) from eating out twice a day, every day. I started by calling my mother and asking how to make some of my favorite things she cooked while I was growing up. Then it escalated from there.


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BottomlandBrew
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


Right after I got out of college. Brewing is what turned me on to more things in the kitchen.





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TexasTiger05
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


pretty early, maybe when I was 9 or so. My mom was actually really great with letting me experiment. I learned my lesson on why cake needs flour pretty quick





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Winkface
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


I started with a love for baking around 12 or so. I didn't get into cooking other food until early 20s.





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Walt OReilly
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


when i went off to college





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CHEDBALLZ
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


I started you, probably 8 or 9 stiring pots and watching my mom and helping her out..... opening cans, adding butter salt, stiring rouxs. Been cooking ever since, I'm 35 now and I think I'm a damn fine cook. I do need to learn how to make her Crawfish Bisque though.





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BigJake
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


When I was 5 my dad bought a restaurant. I've been around it since then. moms a great cook, and my wife can get down too. I enjoy the whole process. Except cleaning up. That's what my employees are for!





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Zach
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As a 10-15 year old I didn't bother watching mom cook dinner because there really isn't much to a liver cheese sammich.

On weekends I watched my dad very closely. I saw how he made gumbo, jambalaya, crabs, crawfish etouffee, catfish courtbullion, bisque, various bbq, etc. I didn't help. He didn't want help. I just wanted to watch and learn. I asked questions and he gave answers about what he was doing. I remembered all of it except drop biscuits. I've tried different methods but none tasted like dad's.

If someone has a fool proof recipe for drop biscuits I'd love to have it.

In college I started cooking when I moved out of the dorm at age 20. I couldn't afford restaurants. I made a lot of meat balls and spaghetti. College friends really liked it since I was the only guy who could cook.

In my mid 20s I started watching a lot of TV cooking shows. I loved experimenting with their recipes. If something didn't work I considered it a learning experience and I have never been afraid to try something against the grain just to see if it works.






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greenwave
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


Right after college. This board has been very helpful





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AUCE05
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I spent a lot of time with my great grandmother when I was younger. They were poor, and had to raise/grow most of their food. That's where I first got the bug. Tending the garden, killing chickens for fresh meat. Good times.





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Eddie Vedder
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


not sure what age but as far back as I can remember, my dad had me in the kitchen helping him cook. started by just watching, taste testing, then i'd get to stir the pot, and then he taught me how to use a knife so i could cut meat and chop the vegetables.

we bbq'ed almost every weekend, and he quickly put me in charge of getting the charcoal started and monitoring the grill. probably in junior high. i'll freely admit that part of the appeal of getting put in charge of the grill is that it got me out of other chores around our property on weekend mornings..

then, as an adult on my own, i slowly got more and more serious about cooking and have really expanded my knowledge/skill-set. but my parents definitely laid the groundwork pretty early to give me the basic skills and build an interest.






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LSU lilly
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My SO started at like 18, I think. And he's basically a chef now.





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ladytiger118
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Loved baking since I was a kid. Didn't start to really get interested in cooking until high school. I took a home ec class & a food & nutrition class taught by one of my favorite teachers from high school. She taught us how to make homemade pasta (so good), breakfast foods, dinner, baked Alaska, meringue, mousse, Creme brûlée, etc. I also think going to LSU made me more interested in cooking (fast food is gross after a while). Plus my boyfriend likes cooking.





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OTIS2
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re: At what age did you start cooking/getting involved with food?


Around 12.





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