It all started with Cream of Wheat.
That's what got jazz musician and local radio personality Jae Sinnett interested in cooking.
He was a first-grader growing up as an only child of a working single mom in Donora, Pa. - a small mill town 20 miles south of Pittsburgh. He spent much time in the kitchen with his southern-born grandmother, and she was game when he wanted to modify his morning bowl of hot cereal - jazz it up, you might say.
"I would ask her if we could try it with brown sugar or regular sugar or maple syrup," recalled Sinnett, 56. "She would look at me and say, 'I never thought of that; let's try that.' "
And just like that, an Everyday Chef was born.
Sinnett said country cooking like that of his grandmother was one of the influences that helped him evolve into a gourmet cook who now inspires others.