Perusing the photos on Quinton Soto’s Instagram page is a delight to the senses. The smell of woodsmoke lingers as you feel the spices tingle your tongue and the juices drip down your chin. Get plenty of napkins because his Instagram comes alive with everything from homemade bacon and sausage to double smash burgers and tri-tip steaks. You won’t be the only one eyeing the photos longingly. You’ll have to stand in line with his other almost 80 thousand followers.
Quinton, 28, grew up in the kitchen. Watching and imitating his mother and grandmother taught him not only the mechanics of cooking but a love for flavors, techniques, and feeding others. When not in the kitchen, the boy Quinton spent hours camping. And as all little boys are, he was drawn to the fire.
- Build the fire
- Let it burn down
- Cook over the coals, not the flames.
Quinton’s tastes vary, too. He’s let Thai and Asian cuisine influence a lot of what he cooks. But deep down, he still prefers Mexican cooking. A nod to his heritage.
After high school, Quinton furthered his education at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School before they closed all of their US locations. There he learned the science behind his cooking and a deep respect for food and where it comes from. He loves sharing that knowledge with others and as the primary cook in his home, he has peace of mind that his family eats healthy food.
“It’s one of my better knives,” he says. “The hard blade holds an edge sharper than stainless and it really is beautiful.”