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.

And Then?

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!