Hey, James is a neighbor of mine, doing serious cooking after working in the Internet industry. He cooks good, described at CookWithJames.com, running weekly cooking class
dinner parties that are really tasty.
He's interviewed at MediaBistro from a business perspective:
James tells us he enjoyed the ad business but after getting a taste for cooking (savory Italian foods), he wanted only to pursue a life of creating culinary wonders. Good for him. He started things off simply enough, making dinners for friends until the costs got a bit high and he began asking for donations from guests (he held these parties pretty regularly, he says).
Well as they say, when people are willing to pay for something you make, you've got yourself a business. And like that, Stolich found a niche in "underground" supper clubs — a trend that popped up in 2001. Stolich brings his gear to a client's house where he and a few helpers cook and serve multi-course meals. And his ad-skills really set the business off.