“You can’t be this creative and not be in the [food] industry…” Chef Gordon Ramsay, 12 Michelin Stars.
“I wish I had two mouths to eat [your food]…” Chef Graham Elliot, youngest four star Chef in America.
“Restaurant quality…” Joe Bastianich, Renowned restaraunteur.
I am a contestant on MasterChef Season 2, and received three big “Yes” votes from the judges!
I am OFFICIALLY in the Top 18 of MasterChef USA! Tune in Mondays and Tuesdays on FOX to watch me compete for the title of MASTERCHEF!
So you wanna get to know me! Cool. My name is Alvin… I grew up hearing people scream my name, “Alllllllvinnnnnn!!” Like a certain popular cartoon. It amuses me greatly when people think they are the first one to do that:)
I was born in San Diego, moved to Brooklyn at age three, then to Portland, Oregon at age six. Dad was in the military… Mom cooked great food growing up and I spent my fourth grade summer watching Julia Child’s “How to Cook” series on VHS which I checked out from the local library. I lived in Portland until age 23 when I moved to Houston.
I love to cook (if you couldn’t tell from the blog). It’s a true passion of mine, one that has transcended decades and other phases I’ve gotten into. The food that I tend to cook is hard to classify… I take from the Asian flavors that I grew up with, the tastes of my travels, and sometimes things that simply amuse me.
My most recent obsession has been exploring modern cooking techniques. I’m drawn to the precision they require and the new and unique results they can bring. It’s like re-discovering food all over again. AMAZING!
I’m a self taught cook. I like to say that I have a degree from the Culinary Institute of Google, and more recently books bought on Amazon.
Enough about food… I also love music and the outdoors. Recently this blog has become a bit of a habit for me… I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read.
If you really like what you see and would like to taste it, I’m available for cooking demonstrations, catering small parties, private/group lessons, and private chef services. For restaurants, I also offer menu services including design, conceptualization, and recipe creation. I’m also happy to review and evaluate products. So pretty much if you can think of it, and it involves food I’ll do it! (at least once). Please feel free to contact me with questions or for bookings.