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Behind The Smoke: BBQ War Stories

Dec 1, 2017

Sam The Cooking Guy - Cook, TV/Online Personality, Author - San Diego @thecookingguy

Sam The Cooking Guy started working with family and real estate before realizing that he was unhappy, he decided to pursue a cooking show that showcased his authenticity.

Sam started with short segments on a local news station and moved to a spot on a county television channel leaving a dishonest boss behind.

Sam wrote his own cookbooks, filmed cooking shows from his own kitchen, and hosted cooking classes out of his own home.

Sam knew that the only way he was going to do what he does, was by being himself, being transparent, and without letting anyone sway him otherwise.

Don’t get “into a food rut”.  Every week try and make something new. Pretend as if you did not have key ingredients and improvise. Anyone can cook!

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Quotes / Snackable Takeaways From This Podcast: 

  • “Cooking is like riding a bike - the more you do it, the better you get.”
  • “If it’s not right, maybe it’s not right. Investigate it”
  • “Go with your gut.”
  • “If you hate what you do, don’t do it.”
  • “Don’t get into a food rut. Cook one new meal every week.”

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