Our Santex Team Member, Juan Giacosa, tells us about his passion for cooking and preparing meals for his family and friends.
How old were you when you started cooking?
I don’t remember exactly. I know that I started to become more interested in cooking when I was 17 and had to move to Cordoba. At my family’s house, my mom was the cook, so I would only prepare food if she was not around.
What motivated you to start cooking?
The need to feed myself haha. As I said, I was all by myself in Cordoba and had to take on new responsibilities. As I enjoy eating a good meal, I decided to start doing some research about food preparation and recipes and gave it a try. That Was When I found out that It was not that complicated and decided to start cooking recipes that involved better and more complex techniques.
Have you studied or taken cooking courses?
No, I’ve never studied anything related to cooking in a “professional” way. Everything I know Is due to practice and reading on web pages and cookbooks.
Do you have a dish that you like to prepare?
More than a dish, I really like to prepare and bake doughs…namely bread, pizza, pasta, croissants, etc. I also love roasting and grilling meat, and recently I’ve grown interest in using vegetables on my dishes.
What do you like most about cooking?
What I enjoy most about cooking is that it allows me to prepare delicious food for the people I love and see them enjoy it. There’s no greater satisfaction for me than knowing they like what I’ve prepared. For me, food is a way of showing appreciation and gratitude. It’s a way of saying “thank you” or “I love you”.
Do you cook only as a hobby or do you plan to carry out a project around the cuisine?
For the time being I only cook for friends, family or acquaintances.I plan on taking my chances in the field at some point in life. It could be managing a food store or opening my house to host culinary events for locals, strangers, friends and whoever finds out about it haha.