Native St. Louisan Billy Parisi Solves Your Recipe Woes Online
After graduating from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, St. Louis native Billy Parisi returned home to begin his culinary career. The 1999 Eureka High School graduate earned his culinary stripes within two short years serving as Sous Chef at Cardwells and moving on to Executive Chef at Wildhorse Grill and Gerard’s in Des Peres. Parisi was quickly becoming known as one of the rising stars on St. Louis’ food circuit. He decided to leave the local restaurant biz though and headed to Mizzou where he completed a major in communications and a minor in Spanish, but he stayed in touch with his culinary roots by frequently cooking at the university’s Alumni Club (where he also won the title of “Iron Chef Missouri”) while attending classes.
What do you do with degrees in food and communications? It seemed a no brainer for Parisi and fellow Mizzou grad Thatcher Kamin. In December 2008 they decided to start the website FixMyRecipe.com, where users submit those recipes that need some fixin’. You know those recipes, the ones that could be great if… Parisi accepts recipes kitchen cooks all over, when he feels like he has the recipe fix he and Kamin film a webisode when Chef Billy demonstrates the fix and they put it up on their site. Parisi says, “I enjoy this so much because it combines my two loves, cooking and communications.”
Parisi and Kamin run their company and the site from Chicago, IL but they are getting national attention since launching a “widget” that media companies are putting on their websites. WhileFixMyRecipe.com is getting a lot of the attention, Parisi is involved in other media ventures as well. As the Executive Producer at Chicago based Taste Media Group, he has also had a chance to work on videos and commercials with client such as Bebe women’s clothing. For a quick intro to what FixMyRecipe.com is all about and to see what Parisi has been up to since leaving our neck of the woods, check out the Video tab.