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Ever since I was 5 years old my mom had me helping out in the kitchen.  So it didn’t come as a surprise that I ended up loving food.  Whether eating, cooking, smelling, seeing, or reviewing I enjoy all aspects of food.  Someone once asked me why I love to cook and my answer to that was that I just love being able to create things that people want, which they cannot create for themselves, I just happened to pick food as my canvas.

I started this blog as a way for myself to keep track of all the dishes I’ve learned to make over the years.  Some people keep actual cook books, but since my background is in web development and online marketing, I figured a food blog would be the best way to archive my dishes.  Eventually my friends started asking me random food related questions so I started a Food Facts section just to help share some of my food nerd knowledge.  Finally, I also started adding reviews to help promote food establishments and restaurants that I would recommend.

So why did I call this blog “foodilistic”?  This word stems from my belief that understanding how to cook well should be a holistic approach in understanding the physics behind food.  Some people cook with recipes while others cook with their taste or nose.  I cook with science and physics by understanding why food behaves the way it does and how you can manipulate ingredients with different cooking techniques.  Back when I was in college I worked at a fine dining restaurant in Los Angeles called Cafe Pinot.  While I was working there I learned a lesson that resonated with me at my core, “a real cook can just look at a list of ingredients and he/she should know how to put the dish together”.  This was the basis of my belief that a real cook has to understand food so well that he/she can basically start with any ingredient and they should be able to make it taste great.

To me, cooking is both a science and an art.  The science is that everything in cooking follows physics and logic.  Yet, the artistic aspect comes into play when not all ideal ingredients are present and cook needs to get creative to improvise.  Foodilistic.com is all about food in every form.  Whether it is just showing how to create dishes, restaurant reviews, or even just cool food facts.

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Derrick Chan

Sr. Manager eCommerce Innovation at Taco Bell
Ever since I was 5 years old my mom had me helping out in the kitchen.So it didn’t come as a surprise that I ended up loving food.Whether eating, cooking, smelling, seeing, or reviewing I enjoy all aspects of food.
Derrick Chan
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