My name is Jeff McDowell and I currently live in Nanuet with my partner, Pat Cose. While I grew up in Rockland County (Nyack High School graduate) for much of my adult life, I have lived elsewhere.
I have lived in NYC, in Westchester and spent eleven years living in Detroit and Chicago and three years in Seattle. Seattle remains a favorite place to visit and the Pike Place Market has to be my idea of heaven on earth. I am a university administrator by vocation, but my avocation is cooking – I have taken cooking classes at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education, the Balleymaloe Cookery School in Ireland and the Baking Center at King Arthur Flour in Vermont.
I think cooking like life can pose questions, for example should I use Umbrian extra virgin olive oil or Irish butter? And, like life it all depends. I am looking forward to my participation in the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.