My name is Steve and I’m the creator of This Guy Cooks. I do the cooking, writing, and photography for the recipes found on this site.
I thought I would take five to tell you a little about myself and why I’m doing this. I’m originally from Milton Keynes but now live in Salisbury, Wiltshire (about a stone’s throw from
stonehenge!). I live with my wife Eleanor, my 1-year-old daughter Constance, a tomcat called Toby and two rabbits; Dobby and Padfoot.
Ever since my Mum taught me to cook a spaghetti Bolognese from scratch when I was about 10, cooking (and eating) has been a great passion of mine. I love nothing more than inviting friends and family over for dinner and seeing them enjoy what I cook. I have an eclectic style of cooking, going off piste more often than not; finding out what works (and what doesn’t). I love to challenge myself to try new things.
My love of cooking extends beyond the kitchen. Not a day goes by in my house where a cookery show hasn’t been on the TV (I’m a major Masterchef Australia fan) or the latest addition to my cookbook collection isn’t being thumbed through.
I’ve had a very varied career. I’ve worked for the police, luxury art galleries, and digital marketing. The
best job I have ever had however was working for P&O cruises as a photographer. This was a truly wonderful job that allowed me to travel to 79 countries around the world, meet different people and their cultures but try different cuisines straight from the source. It made me step out of my comfort zone, try new and exciting foods and develop what I believe is now quite a good palette.
I’ve created This Guy Cooks for one reason; to challenge myself! I love to cook (and eat!) and I love to take photos and I’m hoping This Guy Cooks can become an outlet for me to push myself and do more of both. I also want to challenge myself to become a better writer. It’s something I’ve struggled with since school so I thought why not?
Practice makes perfect, right?
Why do I blog?
I have only known of the power of blogging for the last few years. Often I would find new recipes I wanted to try from other blogs I’d found on social media or Pinterest (OH MY do I love Pinterest!) and just thought what a great community there is. A community I’d love to be a part of. The whole process of cooking, documenting, and sharing is just something that really speaks to me. I’d like to think a big part of it is about giving something back to this wonderful community, showing those who I’ve learnt from how far I’ve come and hopefully; inspiring others to do the same!
Hopefully, this gives a bit of insight into me and what you can expect on This Guy Cooks. If you’d like to get in touch, Say hi or connect with me on the socials!
Thanks for reading!