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Hello, my name is Richard and I'm addicted to Tim Hortons coffee.
I'm a computer animator who has always enjoyed cooking. I was cooking on the stove unsupervised as young as 10. I especially became passionate about it after my wife bought an electric wok for me for Christmas a couple years ago, after which she demanded that I do all the cooking from then on. I immediately became a Food Network junkie and started filling up a 6' bookshelf with cookbooks and have been constantly challenging myself and absorbing as much culinary info as my feeble brain can absorb. I've recently been bestowed with the honor of cooking every holiday turkey for the entire family, so I guess I must finally be doing something right! Either that or they just hate cooking.
My most favorite Food Network chefs are "the Messiah" (Alton Brown), Tyler Florence, Michael Smith and Rob Rainford (of "Licence to Grill" - Canada's answer to Bobby Flay, minus the unbearable arrogance and recipes that I'd never bother to try). These guys have been a true inspiration and I've learned so incredibly much from them. Now I can say the same about many of the chefs here at 'Zaar!
My favorite foods are Asian, Itallian, Eastern European and seafood. I'm also a huge fan of the barbeque, especially cooking slow and low while smoking with wood chips.