Meet Cooking Class Instructor Charlie Douglass
Many talented local chefs share their expertise in the Co-op Kitchen. Charlie Douglass is no exception. As the former Master Chocolatier at Harry and David, Charlie knows a thing or two about chocolate and candy making.
Tell us how your love of cooking and food began.
I remember at a young age, my brother and I leafing through the “Joy of Cooking” and realizing you could make all of these wonderful recipes in your own kitchen. I was also born into a candy making family and would become a third generation candy maker. I was fortunate to apprentice from a young age with a master confectioner.
Did you go to school for cooking? If so, where?
I have worked in the food industry for more than 50 years. During that time, besides apprenticeship, I have attended numerous classes, including the Gus Pulakos Confectionary School, The French Pastry School in Chicago, specific seminars with the Retail Confectioners International and the Manufacturing Confectioners Association. I just finished a one week course on Gelato making at the Carpigiani Gelato School in Bologna, Italy.
What is your specialty or what are you best at?
I really love to work with chocolate and baking. Lately I have been making a lot of Gelato too. Not sure if I am best at any one thing, but certainly do enjoy them all. For me, there is no greater fun than creating something that looks gorgeous and tastes wonderful. Of course, ingredients, especially quality ingredients are so important to outcomes, so researching and sourcing ingredients is critical.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
It would have to be some kind of pasta! Yes, I know, with all of our carb consciousness these days, pasta! When I was in Rome recently, I was introduced to a pasta dish called Cacio E Pepe. I could start my life’s eating there! It is a dish of only a few ingredients, but oh so good!
When you are not in the kitchen, how do you enjoy spending your time?
I could say thinking about cooking, but my other loves are carpentry, hiking the incredible trails we have around Ashland, food travel, backpacking, and kayaking. So much to do, so little time!
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