Starting from scratch
Welcome to Starting to Cook!
Why “Starting to Cook”
My food adventure probably started with weddings. About a year ago I realized I really love food photography but I really don’t know what changed. No one food photo flipped a switch but if one did, it was this cake photo I shot at a wedding a few years ago.
My food blog is called Starting to Cook because that is where I stand today. One year ago I couldn’t tell you braising from a brisket. My food life could easily be described as “college guy food.” Frozen food, mac & cheese, Ramen, frozen burgers on the Foreman and the most extensive meal I made would have been stir fry. Starting to Cook Yes, yes I am!
In the last year I’ve cooked a lot better but also I’m learning first. I did my homework, started to read food books, blogs and watch food shows. My meals are not *all* culinary wonders but I’ve eaten more good food in the last 3 months than my whole adult life combined. So yes, I’ve now made sauteed chicken and broccoli over penne, chicken tetrazinni and homemade bread. I’ve made my own bacon wrapped scallops and even thrown a simple dinner party from appetizers to dessert.
Who is behind Starting to Cook
My name is Matt Antonino – I’m your host, photographer and writer of Starting to Cook. Let me tell you a little bit about me. I’m a full time pro photographer. In the past I’ve focused almost exclusively on people photography – weddings, portraits, models for commercial & stock photography, etc. I’ve shot families, babies, newborn, maternity, high school seniors and many models of all ages. I have owned my own business for 7 years and have 6 total photographers working in Syracuse.
Before photography I graduated law school from Syracuse University in 2002 and spent a year in Seoul, South Korea after that. I’ve traveled to China, Japan, Spain, Mexico, Canada and of course, Korea.
Trivia: I type about 140 wpm so I type a lot and I read just as quickly – about 2 pages per minute of a typical novel.
What is the plan for the site
Starting to Cook is going to be a documentary of a brand new foodie almost from the moment of awareness through … well who knows I am making a change – from shooting people to shooting exclusively food. Change like that takes time but while I make the crossover I am going to grow as a food lover, food stylist and photographer. If you’re interested in watching that growth I’d love to have you along for the ride!