My friends and family always say when they introduce me, “This is Kristina, she’s a chef.”

Inevitably, the next question is “Really? Where do you work?” and then I have say, “Well, I’m a former chef who still works in the restaurant business…”

It’s complicated and drives me crazy, especially because the next question is always, “Do you miss it?”  The answer is “yes and no”. Obviously, I don’t miss the day-to-day of it all that much, or I’d still be doing it. But I still love cooking and sharing that passion with others, and thus, Former Chef was born in 2008.

My main goal with this site is to show people, step by step, how easy cooking can be. In addition, I have a small garden, so sometimes I write a bit about being an urban gardener. Finally, I’m completely obsessed with travel to far-flung corners of the globe. You can see my travelogues (much of them related to food, of course) at  wired2theworld, one of the web’s longest continuously running travel blogs (since 1998).

Photography and Text:
All photos on the site are taken by me unless otherwise stated. The writing is all done by me, as are the recipes. If the recipes are inspired by a book, restaurant, or blog, I do my best to give credit where it’s due. I hope you will do the same.
All photos and text are copyrighted and protected under a Creative Commons License. This means you are free to use the content for your own purpose (enjoy the recipes! learn from my mistakes!). However, any of my content you want to re-publish in any way (photos or text) must be attributed to me (if online, with a link back to the original), may not be used for commercial purposes, and may not be copied, distributed or displayed without my permission.

Products and Books: Links to example items on Amazon.com are affiliate links and they help support this site in a very small way. I don’t have a lot of ads, but there are a few; some are Adsense and some are affiliates. If you click on them or order through them, it will help support this site, so thank you!
I do not do sponsored posts nor do I accept posts written by anyone else (i.e. advertising masquerading as “guest posts”).

Contact: If you’d like to contact me (Kristina Johnson) about the blog, product or cookbook reviews,  private or group cooking classes, or anything related to writing, photography, or travel, there are a few ways:

  • Email me at formerchef (at) dslextreme (dot) com.
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