Fred Decker

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Location
New Brunswick, Canada
School
Memorial University Of Newfoundland
Nova Scotia Community College
Northern Alberta Institute Of Technology
Expertise
Cooking Techniques, Food Science, Demystifying Food And Cooking
  • Fred started college (for the first time) at the age of 15.
  • At age 40, he graduated with honors from the culinary program at NAIT.
  • He has taught hundreds of cooking classes, with a cumulative approximate total of 3,000 students.

Experience

Fred is a trained chef and former restaurateur, graduating from culinary school as a mature student in 2004 and going on to preside over kitchens large (revenues in the millions) and small (his own restaurant in a boutique seaside hotel). He began freelancing part-time before culinary school and later spent three years writing a recurring column about local food and growers for the major daily newspaper in his market. Since closing his restaurants at the end of 2010, he has almost exclusively freelanced, with over 8,000 articles published online on a wide range of major sites and in print by Canada's Foodservice & Hospitality magazine. He describes his curiosity as a main driver of his freelance career, saying he "...grew from the kind of kid who read encyclopedias for fun to the kind of adult who reads academic papers for fun."

Education

Fred spent two years at Memorial University of Newfoundland in his teens, then returned to formal education as a mature student. He began his culinary training at Nova Scotia Community College and completed it at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He has also been a nationally certified food safety trainer.
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