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Ever since I was four years old, since I could remember, all I wanted to do was cook. As a little boy I was not interested in racing cars or playing catch outside. My interest was pots and pans and being in the kitchen. I began cooking at the age of four in my mom’s kitchen.
I was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and raised in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. I attended Dartmouth High, class of 1981. I attended Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts studying Business Management. I began my 20 year career in retail management. I soon accelerated in some popular retail establishments, Kmart, Bradlees, and Famous Footwear. I always had a true calling for cooking. During my spare time I cooked for friends and family and always brought a cooked dish of delicious Portuguese food to any cookout or party. Then friends started calling and asking if I would cook some food for their event and would pay me. And it grew from there.
Chef to Go In 1992 I left retail to pursue my culinary career. I worked as a line cook at Temptations Restaurant in West Warwick, Rhode Island. I then opened my own personal chef business. Chef to Go – Personal Chef Services offered a full range of cooking services. These included personal chef services, small catering, private dinner functions and cooking parties. I also grocery shopped and brought them into the clients kitchen. I cooked, packaged their meals, and cleaned up the kitchen. In 2008 I ended my Chef to Go Service and opened my own catering business.
A Taste of Portugal In 2008 I opened my own catering business, A Taste of Portugal. A Taste of Portugal enhanced the Portuguese community in the Ocean State. I offered some authentic Portuguese dishes as well as some traditional American favorites. I closed A Taste of Portugal in 2012.
Today I live on a Alpaca farm in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. I still have a passion for cooking and I am working on my fourth cookbook. I am also a food blogger on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. I also work at H&R Block during tax season.
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