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Eric Akis has been food writer for the Victoria Times Colonist since 1997. His columns are published in newspapers across Canada. Prior to becoming a journalist, Akis trained to become a professional chef and pastry chef. He worked for 15 years in a variety of operations in Ontario and British Columbia, from fine hotels to restaurants to catering companies. In 2003, his experiences as a chef and food writer inspired him to create the bestselling Everyone Can Cook series of cookbooks, which includes Everyone Can Cook, Everyone Can Cook Seafood, Everyone Can Cook Appetizers, Everyone Can Cook Midweek Meals, and now Everyone Can Cook for Celebrations. Eric Akis was born into a military family in Chicoutimi, Quebec, and has lived in six provinces. Victoria, BC, where he moved in 1992, is now officially home, where he lives with his wife, Cheryl Warwick, also a chef, and son, Tyler.
Can everyone cook? That's a question I've frequently been asked. It seems prepared food marketers have been ultra-successful in convincing many that preparing a meal at home requires a culinary school diploma and a whole lot of time. To me, it's not whether or not you can cook; it's whether or not you have the desire, the confidence and the inspiration. If you have those traits, learning to cook, or improving the cooking skills you already have, can be much easier than you think and a rewarding, taste filled experience.