My name is Jothan Yeager, and I am the Bald Gourmet.
I am passionate about food and the power it has to bring joy to everyone; no matter their age, culture, or religion. It is such a beautiful thing. Food can create memories that stay with us for a lifetime. It can bridge barriers, create and repair relationships, and build respect. When shared, food is the purest expression of welcoming and kindness that I can think of.
In many ways, food, and the respect of it, has become polluted in our global society of “fast, simple, open a box, get it any time of year” commercialization. But I believe that there is more to be had than this for all of us.
After years of experimenting in my kitchen, growing and creating delicious food, and eating at amazing places around the world, I wanted a place to share my experiences with everyone. Someplace where those experiences could hopefully inspire others to eat, cook, and live better. Thus the Bald Gourmet was born.
My creativity in the kitchen started when I was only 9 years old cooking scrambled eggs for my parents by tearing up pieces of bread and cheese and cooking them in with the eggs. It was good and my parents gave me praise, which later led to the confidence to start experimenting with soups and other creations.
Those creative experiments grew a desire to learn more. I began a course of self study by watching cooking shows after school everyday for years. I later grew my skills during a stint as a pianist at a hotel where on my lunch break I would sneak into the kitchen and pester the chefs with questions and advice seeking. They taught me much and even shared some of the restaurant’s recipes with me.
Through years of watching cooking shows, reading cookbooks and periodicals, studying food and cooking encyclopedias, learning about world food anthropology, and of course cooking, I have gained a unique knowledge that I love to share with others in my kitchen, catered events, cooking classes, and now via The Bald Gourmet.
Please CONTACT ME if you would like to learn more or wish to discuss anything relating to this site. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the adventure which is The Bald Gourmet.