- I began cooking when I was 10 years old, taught by my German grandmother while being raised on the American hospital base at Landstuhl. My German mother was also very instrumental in my pursuit of food preparation. I also have extensive training in French cooking and became an accomplished sous chef. My chosen area of cooking was barbecue. I began, again, by learning everything I could about barbecuing by building from scratch my own smoker. I then began to incorporate all my previous training into developing a cuisine that would make other people happy. I developed my own techniques, my own sauces and rubs. These all afforded me the opportunity to enter and win competitions. After gaining the knowledge and confidence that I could make people happy I pursued catering to our wounded troops overseas. This came about approximately six weeks after my Army veteran father passed away and I have a burning desire to return to lunch school to barbecue for the wounded troops at the hospital. I did this beginning in 2007, twice a year around Christmas in the Fourth of July until 2011. What I found to be my greatest accomplishment was that these barbecues were just about a cuisine they were about an event. An event that brought healing to these wounded troops. I did not know that I would have this type of effect on these young men and women until a major general and the commanding chaplain hold me that these barbecues brought back happy memories to these wounded. And the blessings from the barbecues went on for months after I left.
- In December 2016 my brother approached me with a revolutionary way to grill that stems back hundreds of years and from our German heritage. We have worked tirelessly to perfect this tool that will turn grilling into an event. Barbecue as changed for me as it is no longer a cuisine but an event. This is the passion that drives me to create the TurboGrill™ and it’s supporting website, to pass on my unique understanding, technology and passion I have been absorbing for over 50 years.
- A portion of every TurboGrill™ sold will go to helping our wounded troops.
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