Cooking for One: Chef Shares Secrets
Oct 6, 2016 4:34 PM -
Several weeks ago, Dan Jalove, assistant dining services manager for The Springs, performed a demonstration titled Cooking for One, to a packed house for visitors from Lisle Park District. "We are always proud to 'show-off' Dan. He is such a talented chef has a fascinating background," said Samantha Breden, business development manager at The Springs. "He is a U.S. Navy veteran who was formerly the personal chef to Rear Admiral Tracy on the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman in Norfolk, Virginia. We like to tease him that he still makes sure that everything he prepares is 'ship shape.'" Dan enlisted in the Navy immediately after high school. "When I graduated, I knew I wasn't ready for college and I wanted to see the world. I knew that I didn't physically want to be on the ground in a war. I wanted to support the cause, but not be in harms way," Dan said. "I told the recruiter and said I wanted to do something that wouldn't get me killed. He said, 'okay, how about cooking?' and I said 'yes.' It was the first time I cooked." Dan recalled that he spent his first 18 months onboard the ship, cooking bacon from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fortunately he gradually moved through the ranks, and found himself eventually cooking for the Admiral and his sometimes famous guests.