Area teen wants to make a career out of cooking

Norwalk resident Steve Stutsman wants to make a career out of cooking. The 19-year-old just graduated from Norwalk High School, but is already back at his education taking courses at EHOVE. He's in the adult education culinary program and loves it and wants to become a chef.
Scott Seitz
Jul 25, 2010

Norwalk resident Steve Stutsman wants to make a career out of cooking.

The 19-year-old just graduated from Norwalk High School, but is already back at his education taking courses at EHOVE.

He's in the adult education culinary program and loves it and wants to become a chef.

"I'm learning a lot," he said. "I'm enjoying it. We've made fish, chicken, duck, and learned the many ways to prepare lobster."

When he's not busy cooking, he has a few hobbies.

"I like to work on the computer and have a collection of Star Wars and Star Trek collectibles," he said.

Stutsman's mother, Betty, sounded proud of of her son's accomplishment.

"His cooking is pretty good," she added. "He tries hard."

His featured recipe is Hay Stacks.

"I chose this because it's one of my favorites and it's chocolate. It's also easy to make," he said.

And he knew right away why someone else would want to make them.

"Because it doesn't take much time and you don't have to bake them," he said.

He also knew his top-three comfort foods.

"Pancakes, fried chicken and salad," he said.

As with most experienced cooks, he has his staple ingredients on hand at all times.

"Those are herbs, spices, vegetables, olive oil and chicken," he said.

"Pancakes, soup, fried and breaded chicken and different kinds of fish," he said when asked about the five foods he makes most often.

With a smile, he recalled a dish he was making at EHOVE that didn't work out.

"We were making Hollandaise sauce and I had to stop because I burnt my hand," he said. "I ran some cold water on it but when I came back the wisk got stuck in the sauce."

If it's a potluck, Stutsman will bring different desserts, but it it's last-minute company, he'll make chicken.

Breaded or fried chicken is the meal his family requests most often.

His family doesn't normally follow food traditions.

"Not really," he said, adding ham is the norm for Thanksgiving. "We have what we like."

He has simple advice for cooks.

"Pay attention to what you're doing and follow the recipe."

Comments

John Stutsman (...

What a great article about my brother. Well done Scott Seitz and the Norwalk Reflector.