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For those of you who know me, know I was a serious hater on social media. I hated on myspace, facebook, twitter, blogging, etc. But what do they always say?… People change Izzy, people change. So, I changed. I left my job, my restaurant, my home, my wife to be. I moved to New York to work for free under a Chef I have always admired. I couch surfed there for 3 months, completely broke and only eating cereal, oreos, and family meal on the days I worked. After the 3 months I was offered a position, and I reached a crossroad. I had always wanted to work at a top restaurant in the country and here was my chance. At the same time my own restaurant back in Cleveland was in a stage of metamorphosis, and there was a fat chance that my fiance (the Vermonter that she is) would move to an even bigger city. So my friend paid for my one way ticket home and even when I got there, I still did not know what my plan was. I asked God for guidance.
Lo and behold in a matter of months I got married, and employed at a sweet new Japanese restaurant, gaining experience culinarily and in life. I used to tease my wife about being on facebook, and here I am, blogging….. Blogging!? Are you serious?…. So I might as well talk about some interesting things going on in food and cooking (I will even talk about that great book by Harold McGee). As the title states this is the (First One). So give me some time to gather my thoughts, tell you a little about me, my career, my cooking style, my companies. I also want to fill you in on the restaurants and chefs I’ve loved working for and those I…Well you know, those ones I wasted my time energy and talent on. Keep posted to find out what’s in store for Ismail the Chef, and while you’re at it please post your comments, or send me a message/questions. Give me some of your ideas on topics you would like to discuss and tell a friend about my blog.