It all began one day when....
It all began one day when my boss for installing heating and air conditioners in new homes (back during the housing boom) laid me off for the winter!
I was a "back talking" 24 year old kid! Very good at what I did! I was doing 2.5 houses a week, when most of the other guys were only doing one!
My boss laid me off one winter to "teach me a lesson" and oh boy did he! I took the winter off and snowboarded up in Tahoe most of the time! Then I had an opportunity to go backpacking through Thailand for 6 weeks and Cambodia for one week! That changed my life!! When I got back home, it was time to get back to work. Even though I was good at what I did, I was not happy. So, I thought long and hard about what I could do that would make me happy! I always loved to cook and everyone always told me how good I was at it! I researched culinary schools and they were very expensive. I had never worked in a kitchen and wasn't 100% sure I would like it. I got a job at an Italian restaurant in town and LOVED it!! I enrolled in the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco! I was told in my first week in school that I would need to work in a restaurant for 3 months to complete my certificate and that they could help us do it abroad. Right then and there I said "I am going to Tuscany"! After my 1 year program and getting my certificate for culinary arts, I packed up my knives and came to Tuscany for 5 months. I met my now wife after the first month and that's when my story turned into our story, 13 years ago!!