WHO IS FOODREFERENCE.COM?
Chef James T. Ehler (Chef, researcher, writer, editor, publisher, webmaster). Born in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York where I lived until age 22. Since then I have lived and worked in Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Arkansas, North Carolina, Key West, Florida, etc. In September 2005 I moved to Winona, Minnesota where I hope to remain.
I have been cooking for over 35 years, spending a little more than 5 years apprenticing with several Colorado chefs, and was a working Executive Chef for 20 years.
I have been a member of the Chefs de Cuisine of the Pikes Peak Region (American Culinary Federation) and the Colorado Chefs de Cuisine (ACF). I have served as president of the Arkansas State Professional Culinary Association (ACF), and was a founding member and president of the Conch Republic (Florida Keys) Chapter of the ACF.
I am a former Executive Chef of the Cripple Creek Country Club, and Brittany Hill Restaurant in Colorado; the Hilton Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas; the New Bern Golf and Country Club, North Carolina; Martha's Steak & Seafood, and the Reach Hotel (both in Key West).
Since I began to seriously devote more time to writing, I worked as a cook (and webmaster) for Blue Heaven Restaurant in Key West, Florida 5 years, until 2001. This enabled me to concentrate on the Culinary Encyclopedia I have been working on for many years. This website, contains some of that material. Beginning in April 2003 I have been working full time on this and several other websites in the Food Reference family:
www.FoodReference.com -- www.SeafoodFish.com
I also contribute articles, culinary crosswords and other material to other food websites, as well as many print publications. I perform occasional research for food writers and chefs with various magazines, newspapers and television programs.
Two old friends, Janet and Leonard Alcamo have provided occasional assistance with various sections of the website.
This website is dedicated to:
Gladys Ehler, my mother, who taught me patience and how to make Sauerbraten (it is still my favorite)
Edward Ehler, my father, who taught me a love of books and history.
Crpl. Thomas E. Saba, my nephew. Died in action on Feb. 7, 2007 in Iraq. He was 30 yrs. young.