As a Californian, now living in New Zealand with 20 odd years spent in the Caribbean in between, my cooking style has had a lot of different influences. After several years in other businesses, we finally came to NZ 17 years ago, and with no experience other than eating in a lot of them, we opened a cafe! Our friends thought we were nuts, and in retrospect, we were. We eventually sold that business and are now selling Real Estate. While it doens't challenge my culinary creativity as much, I do still like to bake cakes and such for clients or take 'morning tea' in to the office.