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Roger’s interest in cooking was instilled by his mother and grandmother at a young age. Meal time was special family time, and as a result had a tremendous impact on his love for good food and cooking. After earning an honors degree from the Culinary School of Kendall College, Chef Roger expanded his repertoire at leading restaurants in the Southwest, cultivating has interest in cuisine of the region. Returning to Chicago, he worked at local venues; Café’ Provencal, American Girl Place and The Walnut Room. Roger has also directed special events for Mayor Daley and the Taste of Chicago. His goal as an instructor is to take away the intimidation of the kitchen by teaching a simple and understandable approach to cooking great meals. When Chef Roger cooks at home, he has two young sons who love helping out in the kitchen. They are arguably the biggest fans of his cooking and claim that Daddy’s nachos will beat anything Bobby Flay can bring to the table!

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