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Every once in a while, I meet a Baltimore chef who’s actually from Baltimore. That’s nice. They already know the city, understand the vibe. It has to be hard to come into a city you’re not from and really understand your audience…that takes some time. Chris Scanga of Petit Louis had a leg up. He grew up here and went to Calvert Hall College (you know, that “Where’d you go to school question…) and then onto CIA. He knew he wanted to be a chef.
Before we talk about food, I need to tell you something. The owners of The Local Fry – Liz and Kevin – met in Paris. Seriously, I love that. I have been to Paris three times and never met my person. I don’t think he lives there. But I still love Paris.
Spring. It gives you a feeling of hopefulness, no? Me, I’m hopeful for asparagus. And peas. And oh yeah, rhubarb! (And tulips, peonies, hydrangeas…) The JFX farmers market opened last Sunday, daffodils are out and the winter coat has been moved to the back of the closet. Thank GOD.
Tim Dyson didn’t fall in love with cooking when he was young. There was no romantic notion of being in the kitchen, working with his hands or love of the rush of a busy night on the line. It simply was something that he was pretty good at and that was enough for him.
I don’t meant to make it sound like he didn’t care. It’s just that it took a little time. He was pragmatic. The function of what he was doing, blended with a love of food was a good combo. He started out helping his mom at work. She worked in many kitchens along the east coast and as a kid, Tim would do dishes, help with prep, side work and whatever else needed to get done. School wasn’t his biggest priority and he was attracted to the forgiving nature of the restaurant industry and he seemed to find a good fit.