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Name, craft/industry/blog/passion, most known handle/website:

Ari Warsaw. Personal Chef, Food Stylist. Portfolio at: musicalcuisine.com

Instagram: ariwarsaw.

How did you get started?

I started cooking professionally in a few restaurants and hotels in and around Savannah, GA in 2004, when I was away at college and twenty-one years of age.  Growing up in the south my family always had a fairly temperate garden, which my father and I would tend to in the warmer months.  I can remember at a very early age the excitement I felt when slicing into a freshly picked juicy tomato; the smell of the green, fury stems warmed in the sun.  On Saturday mornings we would watch great chefs of the world before a visit to the international farmers market and return home to cooking some thing! Chopping, slicing, blending, it was all very, very intriguing to me and I suppose left its latent mark on my youthful years to reemerge in adulthood.

Who or what influenced you the most as you were developing your craft?

After working as a line cook for a few years, I decided to further my culinary education at L’Academie de Cuisine in Washington, DC. and landed an internship at Michel Richard Citronelle in Georgetown. I had worked with French chefs before but had never seen anyone do what Michelle and his chefs were doing. Michel played with food, with color, and with texture! I absorbed all that I could, inscribing all of the recipes and dishes I’d prepared or seen prepared at work into my little pocket notepad. I read his book from cover to cover and back again and at night after work, and, on my days off, practiced preparing his dishes at home, testing and at times expanding on inspired ideas.

Why do you love your job?

My job. My job is to always do my best. No matter the scenario, I am, we are, given the opportunity to make a choice.  I think having the opportunity to bring sustenance, a smile, or laughter to others through something that I create is what encourages me to love my job. But I tend to have many different types of jobs!

What inspires you?

I am inspired by life, art, and all forms of art.  I find reading, tasting, and speaking with others as well as remaining open-minded to allow for the opportunity for artistic creation in the kitchen. Another one of my inspirations is of course Instagram-the people that who surround me and the shared ideas.

5 words that describe who you are:

Worldly, doer, thinker, eater, lover.

When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to work as a veterinarian and conduct the symphony at times.

Dream job:

My dream job: One in which I’m actively contributing to a community. A job in which I work hard work and can see the fruits of my labor — Probably a blending of some sort of farm work and travel.

3 things you aspire to be or do:

Three things I aspire to… 1. I am learning to be lighter in life. 2.  Sail.  3. Chop wood.

(Fill in the blank) I appreciate________in my life, because________.

I appreciate family and true friends in my life because their love is unconditional.

What was one of the hardest lessons or toughest obstacles you have had to overcome?

The most challenging of all of the obstacles in my life seems to be that of attachments and letting go. Generally speaking I’ve noticed that all attachment, whether to people, places, or things seems to lead to the lesson of presence.  I work on this lesson daily!

Advice for someone who is looking to begin a new hobby/job/life pursuit:

Go for it and always keep your center. Keep an open mind establish principles at the same time; to always do your best.

Something your followers would be surprised to learn about you:

I dropped out of school when I was twelve years old.

Favorite food:

Ice cream

Favorite drink:

Yerbe Matte

Favorite song:

Virtual Insanity. Jamiroquai

Favorite quote:

C’est la vie

(list all websites, handles etc…)

Website: musicalcuisine.com FB: ari warsaw Instagram: ariwarsaw

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