So I have ZERO training. I learned how to cook because my mother said "if you don't learn you don't eat". Funny thing is she didn't teach me. I learned what I could from my Aunt Betty...you know Betty Crocker.
Ruined a lot of food but learned to make some good stuff. Worked for years to come up with a cheesecake that I liked. Then low and behold I catered a Wedding that the bride wanted my cheesecake.
Then the brother in laws wedding. Then it was dinners for small groups, 10-15 people. Then helping cook burgers for the church 500-600.
Then one day the phone rang and it was a friend on the board of directors at a local Christian school. it went something like this...
Frank- " Hey Rick, I know you have the best prime rib around and was wondering if you could help out?"
Rick- "Sure thing whats up?"
F- "Well the school does this small event every year and they make prime rib and chicken for a small crowd and have an auction. Our normal cook backed out on us yesterday and we need a replacement. Can you help us?"
R- without thinking..."Sure what do you need me to do?"
F- "Everything, I mean he just left us in a bind? We need it this Saturday."
R- "Ok. No problem, how many people?"
R- ***gasp*** " Ok, where are we doing this, what is the kitchen like, Do you have any other help?"
F- "Nope, just you so far. Don't know what the kitchen looks like, we just know its at the fairground horse arena."
Well, it went well. Blackmailed 6 friends into helping and took two days off to prep. We have done it twice now and were asked again this year.
Since then we have done some weddings Christmas Dinners and small events. But the real fun is when my wife posts on Facebook that I am going to fire up the smoker on the weekend. Pork cushions, Pork shoulders, Ribs, ABT's and Chickens. We sell out every time. I haven't perfected brisket yet. That is the next step.
The end goal is to stop being a phone guy and just cook what and when I want. Keep the cost low and sell good food to make people happy.