Chef ( Abraham Ocón )

Organizer

Location:

Amsterdam
Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Organizer since:

November 8, 2013

What is your experience with wine and/or grape derivates as Port, Jerez, Brandies?

I would say I was around 8 or 10 when "misteriously" my dad's liqueour cabinet --normally locked-- was wide open. So I tried small sips of some of the bottles in the cabinet. Probably the one I liked most was the Jerez (Sherry), very sweet and full bodied. I still believe that my parents did that in order to introduce me to the flavors :) I started trying to drink wine on my early 20's. My first experience was awful, either my taste buds weren't prepared or the wine was really bad. As persistent person I am, I kept trying other wines, specially from Chile (cheaper in my country) and eventually I got hooked by Rosés. When in my 30's I moved to the reds, being Merlot my prefered one for many years. On parallel, I developed a taste for blended Whiskey (my dad's cabinet again) being prefered Buchanan and Old Parr, over Johnnie Walker BL and Chivas Regal. Same applies to some Cognacs but in less proportion. Lately I am enjoying aged Jerez (Sherry) and Ports besides discovering new Reds.

Can you cook and if so, what say your friends about your cooking skills?

can I cook? I believe I can. Started around 15 years old and never stopped. My Friends always have a very high opinion about my cooking (that makes it very suspicious since they are my Friends). By the other hand, every time I cook for them, all the food dissappears really fast and they seem to enjoy it. I do enjoy my food and I enjoy it even more when I cook for people that seem to like it ;-)

Would you like to learn more about cooking, dining and wining?

Yes. I do learn every day I cook. One of the purposes of this meetup group is also learn from others and be able to share what I know. About wines, I would like to have a Sommelier course, still on my TODO list. And I want to make my own booze (namely wine, destilates and fermentates)

Are willing to offer your place for one of our meetups? How many people can be in your dining room / dining space?

Yes, I love to have mind-alike people in my place. I don't have many chairs though, so for "classic" dinner just 6 including me. For informal dinners (meaning can sit on the cushions on the floor) I can have 10 to 15 people.

Introduction

A food and wine lover, very close to or even just a plain Hedonist, who believes that we came to this world not only to work but also to be happy and enjoy the beauty around us.

What Chef ( Abraham Ocón ) is saying about this Meetup Group

I might be biased so I better wait for others to tell ;)


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