Hello, my name is Alfred Toth, and this is a little bit about me and what has led me to this point,
As a young adult I really didn’t cook that much. Aside from making a sandwich, or reheating leftovers, I relied on mom most of the time. The first time I really needed to cook was when I went camping for the first time. The year was 1984 and I was 22 years old. I said to myself, “What can I cook”, then I remembered my Moms Chili. It was a very simple recipe, and I said to myself, “I can do that”, and I did.
I later went on to preparing lunch and dinner several times a week for my mom, as well as cooking the holiday turkey. I became a master of the BBQ , cooking all cuts of meat on the Weber. I was “King Carnivore” and proud of it. I began cooking every weekend and sharing my food with friends, many of whom commented that I should open my own restaurant. In 1996, when I moved out on my own, I was preparing about 80% of my meals from scratch.
In 2009, I moved to Cusco Peru where I lived for five years. In Cusco, I had to become very creative in the kitchen. I had to do more with less. And it was those last few years in Cusco, where I saw my kitchen skills improving by leaps and bounds. In 2012 big things happened, first I became manager of the biggest bar in Cusco, and with its humble kitchen I put Tex-Mex food on the Peruvian map. I also had the privilege to meet and cook with world famous chef Laura Bridge. With Laura’s encouragement I was able to take it to the next level in the kitchen.
After Peru I moved to central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende to be exact, and it was here that I met my wife and soulmate Liliana. Liliana has become the lucky beneficiary of all my kitchen exploits. Here in San Miguel, along with teaching yoga, I specialize in Mexican food, both teaching cooking classes and catering small events. Since I spend so much time in the kitchen, I like to say, “La Cocina Es Mi Oficina” “The Kitchen Is My Office”. Many people have asked me, ¨why do you like to cook¨and I reply, ¨because I like to eat¨, and I eat good.
I still enjoy sharing my food with friends and family, and thus the blog has become my vehicle to share my recipes and passion for cooking with an even larger audience.
As I welcome any comments or questions may have, feel free to leave a comment or contact me via email using the contact form available.
Thanks again, ciao for now, Alfredo