Why I’d Rather Be A Chef
My name is Scott Groth, and two of my greatest passions are making delicious food and sharing it with others. Years ago while working as an executive in a company that I’d been a part of for over a decade, I started to long for a creative outlet. I found that outlet in the company of my kitchen knives and original blog, The Chubby Cook. What started as a simple hobby quickly developed a local following in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and soon enough I decided it was time to take the plunge and open The Chubby Cook Cooking School & Catering. Over the years we had thousands of students come through our doors. I loved it all – the pace of the work, creating new dishes, getting to know the local area’s top small-scale producers who were making really amazing food, and most of all, sharing all of this with our students. What a fantastic experience!
Food Inspired Adventures
I believe that life is one adventure upon another, and now find myself with my French wife Caroline and my two children living in Aix-en-Provence in southern France. In spite of language hiccups that have me spending double the time at the grocery store while I struggle to decipher labels (my French is coming, slowly but surely), we are thrilled to be here, raising our children bilingually and biculturally. And the food! And the markets! My much-smaller-than-Cleveland French kitchen is constantly bursting at the seams with local produce, cured meats, and the most wonderful, stinky cheeses you could ever imagine. There is so much to savor, devour, and learn about here that it is almost too much to comprehend at times. What I will enthusiastically say is this: cooking has reached an all new level of enjoyment and wonder for me. Le nombre de saveurs est infini!
It’s All About The Food!
Few things excite me more than really good ingredients. That’s where it all starts. From the most delicate seafood to hearty brussels sprouts, I love all the ingredients. You’ll never find anything on my blog I don’t love to cook or eat! What you will find in every recipe are my core principles to cooking:
- It needs to be accessible to everyone.
- I’ll make it as easy as possible.
- It has to be delicious.
You’ll find that my cooking style is creative, unique and sometimes different than anything you have seen. Above all, we’re going to have fun making delicious food together!
My recipes are always gluten-free. If that’s what you’re looking for, welcome! And if you aren’t gluten-free, welcome! My cooking isn’t about using fake ingredients to mimic wheat, rather I love creating recipes that use the best produce, brightest olive oils, richest dairy, and freshest meat and seafood I can get my hands on. Together we will make magic in the kitchen!
E-Cookbooks… Get Yours Today!
My first e-book, Healthy Side Dishes, features some of my favorite vegetable sides all in one convenient location with beautiful photos of each recipe. Increase your culinary repertoire with these twelve recipes and learn the ins and outs of three easy, yet super delicious cooking techniques. Get your free copy of Healthy Side Dishes here.
And coming soon! Gluten Free & Loving It!, featuring more than thirty breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack gluten-free recipes, as well as clear information on what gluten is, its effects on our bodies and how we can cook very easily without it.
Photos & Reposting
Along with a passion for cooking, I have developed a love of photography. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs and videos on my site were taken by me. I use a Nikon D7000 camera (check out all my photography gear).
PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to re-post my content on social media, recipe round-ups, or on your blog directly, please do so! All I ask are two things in return: 1) Credit me with a link back to the recipe with the following texts “Photo by Scott Groth for I’d Rather Be A Chef” and 2) Please send me a note where the content will be used. I’m happy to promote your content and link back to your site (check out my Press Page), so let me know when it has been published and I’ll do my best to get the word out. Thanks very much!
Affiliate Links, Sponsored Content & Advertising
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