About the Chef

Welcome to my slice of the blogosphere, I'm Chef Cheapo aka Greg Brelinsky. My passion for delicious food and good nutrition has been a lifelong interest. From chief bottle washer to executive chef, I've worked in kitchens or around food for the better part of my life.

During my time in the US Army, I learned how to cook for the masses (a quality which would later come in handy). In my early twenties, I was classically trained at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Having worked at different types of food service businesses, from country clubs, retail outlets, institutional cooking and now the owner of a pizzeria, I have a lot of experience to draw upon.

Working in the restaurant industry requires long hours and a willingness to work nights, weekends and holidays. After marrying my childhood sweetheart in 1992, I decided that career wasn't conducive to family life so I followed my love for food down other avenues.

Today I am the proud papa of 8 kids, so my talents are well utilized at home. Living on a tight budget requires thoughtful planning and creativity in the kitchen (and the rest of the house, too). Eating wholesome foods is a necessity for good health, but it doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag or turned-up noses from your dinner guests. I've learned a number of tricks and tips through the years and that's what I'll share with you.

After being in a related food business for about a dozens years, my wife and I purchased a restaurant. Rosalini's Pizza and Subs ( www.rosalinispizza.com ) is our base of operation and I find myself spending much of my time building that business with help from my wife and 4 of our older children that help me staff it. Having changed my diet to a gluten free diet, GF Italian food and pizza has become a bit of our specialty there.

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