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Men in the Kitchen: The Gen “Y” Guy


This week’s post in the series “Men in the Kitchen” features Graham, a twenty-something, Gen Y bachelor.  Graham currently lives in a rental apartment, works full time as an “expert” for Apple and is pursuing his Master’s degree at Florida International University.  Admittedly, it doesn’t give him much time to cook but he says it’s something he’d like to do more of at some point.  Here’s what he has to say about cooking from his own unique perspective:

KFL: How often do you cook and what is your specialty?

Graham: Pasta Bolognese, and I cook perhaps 2 times a week.  Since I don’t have a lot of time for meal planning and cooking, I like to cook things that will give me leftovers for the rest of the week.  I enjoy pasta and it’s perfect for that.


KFL: What are the top three tools you can’t live without in the kitchen?

Graham: Microwave oven, tongs,  and a good knife.  The microwave is a must for those leftovers I mentioned.  Tongs are the perfect tool for so many things from serving salad to pasta to cooking bacon.  Then a good knife is a no-brainer and I think that’s going to make everyone’s list! Another gadget I use a lot is my Sodastream.  If you like bubbles, this allows you to make just about any drink into soda.  It saves me money on beverages too.

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KFL: If you could change one thing about your kitchen, what would it be?

Graham: I would update it!  Since I live in an apartment the style of the kitchen is a bit reminiscent of the 80’s.  Though I’m also a product of the 80s, it’s not necessarily what I’d like as my kitchen.  I can’t update it but I add personal elements here and there to make it my own.  When I buy my own home, hopefully in the next 5 years or so, it will be important to me to have an open plan kitchen so I can interact with the rest of the house while I’m cooking. My current apartment does have a pantry which I’m loving.  My goal is to invest in some really nice containers so I can organize everything to keep food fresh.  Since I’m usually cooking for one, I end up storing a lot of opened ingredients.

KFL: How did you learn to cook?
Graham:  My parents and through video cookbooks.  My dad was a great cook, very inventive and then when my parents divorced my mom got more into cooking so there were some things I got from her too.  The biggest thing I remember my dad teaching me was to clean up as you cook!  Great advice I will never forget.  He also made the best chili which I am still trying to perfect.  I find video cookbooks to be a great source of inspiration.  Sometimes I follow them but I also use them as an incentive to come up with my own recipes. I use the Video Cookbook App on my ipad. also has a video cookbook app that you can get for free on the iphone.
Williams Sonoma offers a whole line of ipad compatible smart tools for the kitchen.  You can read more about them here.
KFL:  Is cooking a pleasure or just a necessity?
It can be both, but that depends how I feel at the time.  If I am cooking for someone I enjoy it.  It’s fun to try new things and test the results but sometimes I wish a home cooked dinner was waiting for me when I get home.  I still do get that from mom when I visit.
There you have it!  Interesting how cooking is being influenced by technology and now the digital world.  I guess it started with the microwave and today people are bringing their ipads into the kitchen!
Next up:  Meet Barry, a man who’s cooking Viva Las Vegas style!

Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.



Enjoyed seeing Graham pictured in his apartment kitchen! Seems to have somehow put his own personal stamp on it,despite its being, as he said, from the 80’s, Love the colorful accents and that Pasta Bolognese looks super delicious! Hope we get to sample it sometime!


Wow! Leave it to Graham to integrate technology into the kitchen!!! He’s right though! IPads and IPhones make following recipes or becoming inspired to cook much easier!

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