Gary White is the recipe developer and chef at The Foodie Eats, where his mission is to create delicious food that everyone can enjoy.
Gary White likes food. He really, really likes food. In third grade, he remembers taking Jiffy cornbread to school for show-and-tell. Who does that? When he was in middle school, he could cook dinner for the whole family and he often did. One of his specialties? Lasagna. So by the time he left for college, he could hold his own more than most 18-year-old guys.
Over the years, Gary worked in some fantastic restaurants with great chefs, who exposed him to new worlds of food, ingredients and cuisines. What he learned at work, he often tried to duplicate at home. He also went through seasons of eating different diets – everything from vegan to low carb – and that involved lots and lots of cooking.
Along with that, cooking shows have always been one of his favorite forms of television. From Gordon Ramsey to Vivian Howard, Gary learned quite a bit from cooking shows. When he had an opportunity to audition for season 8 of MasterChef in 2016, his cooking went to a whole other level. On the day of the first audition, he was completely shocked when he made the first cut. And the second. And the third. And then when they asked him to come back the next day. And it just kept going. With each cut, they just kept calling him back. Before he knew it, he was on his way to Los Angeles.
All during this time, Gary was cooking his butt off. He cooked anything and everything he had seen them cook on the show in years past. From learning how to poach eggs to attempting Gordon Ramsay’s Beef Wellington. That’s when he realized that not only was he a pretty good cook, but he LOVED it! He found that it was very similar in nature to creating music. You write a song, record it, and share it with people. Just like you write a recipe, cook it, and share it. Who knew?
Gary’s wife, Rachael, a former lifestyle blogger and teacher, partners with him on the blog as food photographer and some-time (dessert!) recipe developer and in life as mom to their three young children.
Gary White Show Notes – Ep 075
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Do you still have restaurant dreams where you’re getting slammed?
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Why did you jump into food blogging?
What year was it?
Other than your wife, do you have anybody that helps you with your company?
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When you first started, how many times a week did you publish a post?
Once you started, how long did it take for you to start making money?
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What is your biggest food failure?
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