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I'm a blogger on a mission to encourage parents to teach their kids how to cook and eat well.


I am a 40 something father of five with a background in marketing and finance, who recently completed a two year professional hiatus during which I indulged my long held passion for cooking by moving to France to study the culinary arts and immerse myself in all things French. I earned “Le Grande Diplome” from Le Cordon Bleu, studied also at The Ritz Escoffier and Lenotre cooking schools, and completed the course offerings of the famed Bordeaux L’Ecole du Vin.

I started "Oui, Chef" to chronicle my experiences spending time in the kitchen with my kids teaching them how to cook, and as a vehicle to encourage other families to follow our example and do the same.


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Dear Steve
Love the fact that you followed your passion all the way to France and into those notable cooking schools!
What a great idea for a blog. I think an appreciation for food, and a knowledge of how to cook and prepare it, is a wonderful gift you can give your children.
My kids love to help with cooking and feel so proud of themselves when they eat food they've helped cook.

Hello! I stumbled upon your sight through FoodBuzz and I really like what I am seeing! Teaching children the essence of food and where it comes from is something that I feel strongly about and I love the way your doing it! Just thought I would drop by and say hello!

Dear Steve,
I'm a [gasp] healthy secondary Language Arts teacher who, among other things, feels the children of our nation are growing up with little to no comprehension of the connection to what they put into their bodies and everything everything else.

This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for teaching your children no only how to feed themselves, but how to care for themselves. It's a good gift to give.


I'm excited about reading your blog! I hope you share all those french cooking techniques.

It is a great mission that you have. Everyone has heard the phrase that children do what they see. If the parents base their diet on junk food and other unhealthy food, rather than cooking what is right for the benefit of their health, the children will do likewise and will encounter many health problems in their future. Unfortunately, many parents have too much work to do to afford spending time cooking, but this should be an important part of family life. Healthy living is something to work hard for. After all, what's the use working long hours and then not being able to enjoy some quality healthy time with the children? Keep up the great work!

In the maiale al latte recipe I'm putting my le Creuset pan in the oven after the initial top of stove stuff. What temperature do you think it should be at for the long cook? I started at 160 and am going to turn it down to 130 for about 3 hours I think.

I think it's great that you are taking the time to pass on your knowledge to your own children. Sometimes parents are so busy with their professions that it becomes difficult for them to consistently pass on what they know to their kids.

It's also good of you to share what you are doing with other people. Most people have at least one dish that they are good at. Maybe by working on your recipes together s family can perfect a few as a team.

you've got a great blog..
i can taste your passion through out your photograph..
thx for such an inspiration....

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All of your food is beautiful.

This blog is golden! I started reading foodblogs about 2 years ago and at first it annoyed me quite a bit that every blog worth reading was in english (with the amounts, degrees and all that follows, stated in everything but kilos, grams and celcius..) Over time I have now found blogs in danish, which are just as amazing and I primarily stick to them now.... With one exception.
Because this blog is just amazing. Every time I have some doubts about a new project in my (parent's) kitchen (yup, teaching your kids to cook pays of in the end. Now I am the one feeding them brownies) , I can find inspiration and answers here. And most of the time I actually end up making one of these scrumptious recipes instead.. Just because it looks so delicious that I have to try it.

I am a very picky foodblog reader and it is the fewest of blog which pass the test. But you, your frittatas, your brownies (and the blondie which I made yesterday.. Yum!) go beyond passing the test.

Keep the great stories and the good food coming!

Teaching them how to cook and eating well is part of raising children that affects greatly on their future. Keep on encouraging Steve. Great call.

I happened to notice a comment you left on Sippity Sup that reveals you are a displaced Vermonter. And so am I. So glad to find your blog I would love to move to France to learn to cook ... good for you!

I'm very impressed! But I'm more impressed that you care to teach your children cooking. It's such an invaluable skill!

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"Oui, Chef" exists as an extension of my efforts to teach my kids a few things about cooking, and how their food choices over time effect not only their own health, but that of our local food communities and our planet at large. By sharing some of our cooking experiences, I hope to inspire other families to start spending more time together in the kitchen, passing on established familial food traditions, and starting some new ones. Read more...