How I Started
Hi! I'm Tim Flucht. As you can probably tell, I like food, photography, travel, and my hometown of Detroit.
How did I get started on this path? My mom got a job. That meant she was no longer home to cook dinner for us. Not that mom was a great cook--she had her moments, but it wasn't really her thing. So my older sister was put in charge of dinner for us three kids.
My sister had a . . . limited menu. After the third straight day of Campbell's Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, I said I wanted something different. She told me to shut up and eat (Love ya, Sis!). I went to the bookshelves, grabbed the pink and white plaid copy of The Better Homes & Gardens Cookbooks, and started thumbing through.
I cooked my first dinner that night: "Hot Dogs Delicious," if I recall the recipe title correctly, and I never looked back.
In my 20s, I worked in the Penobscot Building in Detroit. One of my co-workers was a budding gourmet, and started telling me about great restaurants and meals he'd enjoyed.
It struck a note, and I was off on a lifelong adventure.
What Happened Next?
As my career progressed, I began to travel more. I was able to visit England, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, Canada, and other countries. And I was able to eat in some of the world's best restaurants: I frequented countless taquerias in Mexico, ate peasant bread in Romania, slurped ramen in Schipol, BBQ across the US, and tried to find something worth eating in the UK (good luck!). I found food was a universal language and interest. I could talk to anyone nearly anywhere about food: how they prepared it, what was in it, and what they liked best. It opened up the world!