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A man with a knife

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David Budworth, aka Dave the Butcher, taught a master class last night in the fine art of making a lamb chop. I’m trying to be a little funny here, making a lamb joke, because I haven’t the slightest interest in food preparation.

At times this can make me less than a charming dinner guest. When conversation turns to how the meal was put together, I get real bored real quick.

So what’s interesting to me is how Dave can take a subject that would normally bore me to death and turn it into a fun and educational evening.

Dave the Butcher, Homeward Bound of Marin, Cooking School

He performed his knife magic at a Homeward Bound of Marin fundraiser, one of a series of food preparation classes it presents during the year to support its programs for the homeless.

Dave the Butcher, Homeward Bound of Marin, Cooking School


Chef Rocky Packard, Homeward Bound, Cooking School

Chef Rocky Packard

This class was hands on. Under Dave’s guidance, and with the support of Chef Rocky Packard, forty participants picked up knives and headed for Homeward Bound’s professional kitchen, where they prepared traditional racks of lamb.

Dave the Butcher trims a chop

Homeward Bound of Marin Cooking School

Dinner guests trimmed their own lamb.


Homeward Bound of Marin Cooking School

The lamb was then cooked and served by students enrolled in Fresh Starts Culinary Academy. The Academy conducts a ten-month course in cooking basics and food service, preparing Homeward Bound residents for jobs in the food industry.

Homeward Bound of Marin, Cooking School


Homeward Bound Cooking School, Fresh Starts Academy

Students receive expert advise on food service.

Everyone had fun, and I was again forced to admit that some really smart and entertaining people can turn food preparation into high art.


Written by Ron Greene

March 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

5 Responses

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  1. Love it, Ron!


    March 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  2. Good for you to be open minded,Ron! Your photos are wonderful, as always!

    Katherine Manning

    March 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    • Thank you, Katherine!


      March 26, 2012 at 8:48 am

  3. Your close up picture of Dave The Butcher is the best picture I have ever seen taken of him. Your photos are great!

    Darla Budworth

    June 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

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