John Marr, in his well-equipped kitchen, says, “A craftsman is only as good as his tools.” His All-Clad pots and pans are considered by many to be the Rolls Royce of cookware.
Cheri Rodolfo is one of the luckiest women in Vero Beach. No, she didn’t win the lottery or the Irish Sweepstakes; it’s better than that. She has a husband who loves to cook. Her partner, John Marr, a retired insurance executive turned builder, has a passion for food.
John shops at local markets for the basics, but agrees that for ingredients of a more exotic or ethnic nature, it is necessary to do a bit of travelling or order those hard-to-get items on the Internet. Cheri sources green lentils from France for John’s salmon – one of his signature dishes. She also maintains a kitchen garden that John relies upon for fresh herbs to season sauces and dishes.
Some amateur chefs start at a young age learning the ins and outs of the kitchen. But John’s foray into the culinary realm was more abrupt. “I was 35 years old and divorced. I liked to eat and I liked to eat well, so I decided that I would learn to cook. I took a few lessons and found that I actually enjoyed cooking. But I am not a creative cook.
Read the entire article in the December 2004 issue