Culinarian : Ben Goodly

More than often, I come across really great culinary minds. All over the world ,there are photographers, stylists, creators, curators, and lovers of the craft and art. We all coexist in this vacuum of delicious knowledge, so why not acknowledge one another? Exactly, no reason not to. The best way to learn is to learn from one another. Visit often for new culinarian profiles. You may find a new reason to fall in love with food, all over again. 

Culinarian : Ben Goodly

New Orleans

  Kitchen Vibes  
  1. Uptown || Drake
  2. Waves || Kanye West
  3. Give Him Cornbread || Beau Jocque
  4. Little Lion Man || Mumford & Sons

 

Why do you cook, Ben?
Ben: Firstly, I cook because it is something that I really love to do.  Cooking started off as a way to get around eating the same pre-made meals, fast food, and cafeteria food that I [succumbed] to while in college.  What started out as a way to survive on something other than Ramen noodles as most of my friends [did], has turned into more than I could have ever imagined.  Almost a decade later I now cook because it’s what I enjoy to do.  It allows me to escape from my “day job” and enter a place where no outside influence affects the task at hand.
Where did you learn to cook? Culinary school? At home?
 
Ben: I would have to say the base of my knowledge of cooking comes from my family.  Growing up in a Southern Creole family dishes like red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo, and crawfish étouffée were the norm in my childhood home for dinner.  I can remember sitting in the kitchen as my mom cooked dinner; not at the time realizing that I was subconsciously learning how to make the dishes that I have always loved. Outside of my family,  I would have to say my biggest influence was Justin Wilson. Between watching his cooking shows on PBS with my family and his recipe books always in [my] parents’ kitchen it was hard not to crack a smile every time I heard him say “I guarantee”; [I'm] doing it now even as I say it in my head.
I have never had any formal culinary training or a cooking class of any nature.  I learn by experimenting and learning from my mistakes; there have definitely been a few times where I've spent hours on a meal just to end up throwing it out because it came out absolutely horrible. I have a notebook that I record recipes step by step as I am cooking them.  It allows me to make notes as retry dishes and record any adjustments I make.

He also has an awesome website and a great IG feed.

"...The art of taking ingredients, that alone may not be worth much and turning them into something that tastes good is one of the most satisfying feelings.  I’ve never been much of the creative type, but when I am in my kitchen I feel like the possibilities are endless with the things that I can do. "      

        When I am in the kitchen, I am in control of everything going on.

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