My name is Frank. I was born and raised in beautiful San Diego, California; an amazing city filled with tons of sights to see and amazing food to eat. I am currently a chemist working in the biotechnology industry and always have been quite a nerd for science (among other things such as video games, superheroes, and TV shows).
When I was a young kid, I was definitely a picky eater. Being a part of a first-generation immigrant family from Vietnam, my parents would always have a hard time getting me to eat traditional Vietnamese dishes (as well as fruits and vegetables in general). I was so picky to the point where I was that kid that would be eating an Ultimate Cheeseburger from Jack-In-The-Box in the middle of a Pho restaurant while the rest of my family would be slurping on their soupy meal.
Thankfully, as I grew up, so did my taste buds. I learned to appreciate my mom’s amazing home-made Vietnamese dishes, such as spring rolls and bun rieu (Vietnamese crab and tomato soup), and the focus, care, and love that she puts into making each dish. By the end of college, I became enamored with traveling and the ability to see new sights, respect new cultures, and enjoy delicious meals. Long were the days of me sneaking my veggies into other people’s bowls when they weren’t looking to make it appear as though I ate them.
As I continued to spend time eating at new restaurants and trying unique dishes, I began to develop an interest in cooking. As a scientist, I came to realize that cooking is perhaps one of the most amazing forms of science that anyone can practice. I thought to myself, “If I am able to mix a bunch of chemicals together in a lab, I can probably use these lab skills and mix a bunch of ingredients together in a kitchen to make an amazing meal”. If you think about it, a kitchen is pretty much a lab where you can actually eat the experiments you conduct! (unless it becomes a burnt mess, of course).
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