AJ Fusco's blog

Culinary School - Part 1

Sixteen months ago I was having dinner with my wife, when she turned to me and asked "What would you do if you weren't a fireman?".  My response needed no further thought, "I would want to cook" I answered.  One week later, we were sitting in the admission office at the International Culinary Center in Manhattan.  I walked out of the school with so many thoughts going through my head that it felt like it was going to explode.  But I also had a sense of belonging as we toured the kitchens of the building in SoHo.

A peak into the Fork and Hose Co. kitchen...

With this being my first blog post, let me start off by giving you the lowdown on who I am and why I am here.  My name is AJ Fusco and I have been a career firefighter with the Harrison Fire Department in New York for 11 years, and you could probably say that is about how long I have been seriously passionate about cooking.  When I started on the job, it was immediately evident to me that the kitchen is the most important room in the firehouse.  It is around the table where we solve the world's problems, talk about "jobs" and just break eachother's chops.