10 Things You Didn't Know About Tim Love

10 Things You Didn't Know About Tim Love
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Tim Love

Read on to learn 10 things you didn't know about chef Tim Love.

The moment he knew he'd be a chef

Tim took his first job after college in a restaurant, where he was offered a job making salads. "Of course I let them know that I didn't know how to make salads," Tim says. "But I've never not had a job in my life, so I took the job, in anticipation of getting a job somewhere else." But Tim didn't get a job anywhere else. After working on the line in the kitchen, he knew. "I decided this was exactly what I wanted to do," Tim shares. "I loved the pressure of it. I loved being around food."

Tim specifically recalls making Greek salads, and sticking his hand in unappetizing water to make the cheese for it. "[I] couldn't even imagine why anyone would want to eat that food, and now it's one of my favorite cheeses. It's just kind of crazy how it all comes full circle sometimes," he shares.

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What would he be if he hadn't become a chef?

"I'd be a professional soccer player," Tim reveals.

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His favorite cuisines

Tim specializes in Western cuisine, but that doesn't mean he doesn't appreciate other types of fare. He notes that he enjoys Thai, Italian and French cuisines. "I'm really a fan of just great food to be honest with you," Tim reveals. "I do a lot of Thai at home, and I do a lot of Italian food at home. I really love making pasta. It's very therapeutic for me," he shares.

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Hunting wild game

Tim loves to hunt. What he goes for depends on the time of year, but he notes that he particularly loves what he can do with a white-tailed deer. "A nice doe, real simple, roasted whole, and [I turn] it into some amazing tacos, or [take] the meat and [turn] it into a nice pasta. Something like that is what I really love to do," Tim reveals. "And it's always chilly outside, so that makes it even better."

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His go-to weeknight meal

"A go-to meal for me would be some sort of ramen. My kids love ramen," Tim says. "t's fairly quick, always tasty, and I tend to be able to clear out the refrigerator when I do that."

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The flavor he isn't a huge fan of

"Shockingly, I'm not a giant fresh uni fan. I like using it in different things. I like uni butter. I just don't like straight uni on toast like most people do," Tim admits.

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He rarely eats this course

Tim also shares that he doesn't have a very big sweet tooth. "Overly fruity things I just don't really enjoy. I'm a big savory person," he says. He's more inclined to enjoy salty, savory foods over anything sweet. "I hardly ever eat dessert," he says.

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The one food he couldn't live without

"Oh yeah, that's clear: Steak," Tim says.

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Best cooking advice he's received

Tim shares that the advice he's gotten that he won't forget has to do with being organized. "The more organized you are, the better your food is going to be, because you always have more confidence as you move through the process," Tim says. He believes if you're messy in the kitchen "...you tend to forget things, or you're short on something, or you're a little bit late on something. If you keep yourself organized and tight, it allows the food to operate correctly and in turn you'll be a better cook," Tim offers.

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Unforgettable meals in his life

Tim says he could name 20 really memorable meals he's had in his life. "There's a lot of things that go into unforgettable meals. There's stuff that's really food focused, and there's stuff that has a lot to do with the people that you're eating with," Tim explains.

One of his favorite annual meals of the year occurs on the Fourth of July, which he and his friends have dubbed "Meat Day." "We'll go out and overbuy by about 10 pounds worth of meat, and we literally cook 12 or 14 different kinds of meat, 12 or 14 different ways, and every year it's unforgettable," Tim shares. "We add a couple salads here and there that we pick from the garden," he notes. Tim says the meat he and his friends cook up can include a whole goat, a strip loin, a rib eye, elk loins and sausage, and notes that when "you're with some of the people you love the most, it really makes for an unforgettable experience."

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Chef Tim Love has made a name for himself with his signature Western cuisine. In addition to appearing on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, Tim has opened the popular Texas restaurants Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack, Queenie's Steakhouse and the White Elephant Saloon. Most recently he's starred in CNBC's Restaurant Startup, where he and fellow restaurateur Joe Bastianich choose whether or not to invest in concepts presented to them by aspiring restaurant owners.

While you're probably familiar with Tim's cooking and entrepreneurial style, there are a few things you probably don't know about him. For instance, you might never guess what this superstar chef says he would have been if he hadn't gone the culinary route, or what his go-to weeknight meal is for his family.

Check out the slideshow above to discover 10 things you didn't know about chef Tim Love! Then, take a look inside the chef's kitchen at home, learn his secrets to restaurant success and get a behind-the-scenes look at his show Restaurant Startup.

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