Hi, I’m Johnnie Smith, I’m a choreographer, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, and a Chef and owner of a catering business. I also operate a small dance business from my home and since it only takes a few hours a day for everything, I have a lot of time on my hands. My passion other than my dance business and of course, my kids, is cooking. I’ve been cooking every since I was able to reach the stove with one those five gallon plastic chittlin’ buckets my mom set in front of the oven for me to stand on so that I would be able to stir my oatmeal and Cream of Wheat. I remember my first congrats came from my next door neighbors when I made them an upside down pineapple cake. Getting those congratulations and praises set it all off for me. I knew I wanted to cook for a living. My first real paying job was at a pizza place called, Dino’s. I was fourteen and it changed my life for a few years. Fortunately, I received a General Motors scholarship while in tenth grade and that derailed my cooking career. It was either a full ride through college or a career making pizzas? The college thing won out.¬† Anyway, getting back to the present
After my daily dance convention work, I’ve been found guilty of sitting at home watching every cooking show I can stand. My wife is Swedish and works most of the week doing what she loves. I have two boys, ages 7 and 10 years old. I am the one that cooks every night…and I love it. I consider that “doing my part”. ¬†Something I enjoy doing by the way. Besides, my wife is a vegetarian and likes Swedish foods, so if she cooks, I’m usually eating something room temperature or cold. That’s the extent of her cooking repertoire, just joking.¬† I’ve always been an artsy type of a guy and that’s exactly how I see cooking, as an art. I love putting different flavor profiles together and creating new meals. It’s so easy and I want to share my love of the “art” with everyone, especially some of my close friends out there that don’t know how to boil water?
Each week my goal as Chef, Husband and Dad”, will be to teach the fellas out there some simple, easy and delicious meals to make at home, family style. If you’re not familiar with a spatula, I will teach you the basics of how to cook simple meals, make enough for a family of five or six, how to crank it up by adding add a few gourmet twists and flavors and at the same time show you how to save a bundle on groceries each week.