How we started our storytelling journey.
From the day Tim proposed years ago, promising to cook great meals for me and take me places, we have been eating our way through life.
Soon after that day he would leave to attend culinary school and work in the Big Apple. Coming back home, Tim went to work at some of Ottawa’s best restaurants and built his reputation as a personal chef working for a number of foreign diplomats.
It was this switch in his career that took us back to New York for five sleepless but exhilarating years where Tim was the Executive Chef to the Consul General of Canada. Being a chef means long hours, which, if you’re married to one, usually means a lot of alone time.
That has never been a problem for us. I worked at the consulate for a while and sometimes helped Tim with cocktail parties and dinners. I took a year off of work to advance my photography and put together my first show. Soon it was time to make a living again but the success of my photography inspired me to keep pushing myself and improve my skills.
With the New York lifestyle wearing us down, it was time to move on, so in 2007 we decided to travel the world in search of delicious food and beautiful picture opportunities.
We made it as far as the West Coast and somehow ended up opening a delicatessen in a residential section of the West End, blocks away from the ocean. Cardero Bottega brought us much joy but when the long hours became too much (13 hour days, 6 days a week), we sold it and continued on our journey. That’s when we decided to start the blog, simply to keep in touch with family, friends and former customers.
The name, A Cook Not Mad, was taken from Canada’s first cookbook, published in 1831. It also plays on our crooked sense of humour and the insanity of the culinary world we love so much.
What we write about and what to expect from us here in the coming months:
Not long ago someone asked me what our blog was about. I (Nat) was stuck. Tim usually does the “elevator pitch” and after trying to explain for 10 minutes, I was close to giving up and so was my new friend. It was at that moment that he turned to me and said, “This is what you do. You are culinary storytellers, and you share stories of culture and food from your home and travels”. He was right, that’s exactly what we do. We have other interests as well, which is why once in a while we might talk about cars, fly fishing, bees or something else we fancy but at the end of the day, food, photography and travel are what we are passionate about and what keeps us going on this journey.
Here are some examples of our stories:
Recipes and Good Eats:
Destinations we Love:
Videos from places we have visited:
For you, Michael’s Go, See, Write audience, we will share similar stories. Expect to read about a day foraging in Quebec, a visit to a local farm, and other food related (or not) stories.
Together for close to a quarter of a century, A Cook Not Mad‘s Tim and and Nat have indulged their passion for life and experience to the fullest, but they feel most alive when traveling, cooking and eating. An award winning chef, Tim has dedicated his life and career to cooking and the pursuit of honest food. As a professional photographer, Nat records their adventures with incredible pictures of everyday life and the extraordinary. They believe that everyone should get to know a culture by learning about the foods they eat and living like a local as much as they can.