Hey everyone & happy Friday! Just a quick little post today, sharing a Momma's pride. As I've mentioned before, our son is the Executive Chef of True Food Kitchen. This is a restaurant (there are 5 now with the 6th to open in October in Denver) that started the movement of "farm to table cooking" & healthier eating. Their motto is "great-tasting food that just happens to be good for you." Dr. Andrew Weil is part-owner, & he & Michael (our son) worked together to build the menu that this motto reflects.
About two years ago, Dr. Weil & Michael started working on a cookbook. Writing a cookbook has been a goal of Michael's ever since he became a chef, & that goal has finally come to fruition.
True Food will be on the market in October, but Michael got an advanced copy yesterday!
This is the face of one very excited, happy & somewhat shocked young man.
He knew it was going to happen, but having the "physical" book in his hands & seeing his name on the cover, made him feel almost "giddy" with excitement!
This kid (my baby & always will be) knew from a young age, that he wanted to be a chef. He started working in a restaurant as a busboy (at night) when he was 15. As soon as he earned enough money, he bought an old, beat-up pickup, fixed it up, & worked an early morning paper route job before school to help with the running of the "old beater!" He had a few hours after school for homework & friends, then went to his restaurant job. (Oh, just an FYI for any who may be wondering, he did very well keeping up his grades & school obligations). His goal was to work in the kitchen & glean as much as possible from the chef, so he kept begging the poor man until he finally said "yes, he would give him a trial run." He "blew the man out of the water" with his natural talents & creativity & soon became the chef's right-hand man. That was just the beginning of Michael's career & his passion for cooking only the best quality & best tasting foods.
Michael truly is passionate about "food," but it comes second to his family. He has a lovely, very supportive wife & 4 adorable children.
To say his Momma & Dad are proud of this young man, would be putting it mildly! So, I thank you for letting me share our excitement with all of you. Now I have to get back to work on "projects!" I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Just in case you live in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, or California, & want to experience True Food for yourself, here are the locations. And, no, I am not getting paid for this advertisement!
- Phoenix, Ariz. (opened Oct. 2008)
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
See a slideshow from the Phoenix location.
- Scottsdale, Ariz. (opened Nov. 2010)
15191 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
See a slideshow from the Scottsdale location.
- Newport Beach, Calif. (opened Aug. 2010)
451 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
See a slideshow from the Newport Beach location.
- Santa Monica, Calif. (opened May 2011)
395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 172
Santa Monica, CA 90401
- San Diego, CA (just opened in July)
- Fashion Valley Mall
Next up: Denver, CO