Robert Young, a famous actor in the 70’s, played the lead in a TV series called, "Marcus Welby, M.D." Young’s trustworthy persona enabled him to do commercials as well. As he began his pitch of Sanka-brand coffee as an aid to sleep, he'd say, “I'm not a doctor, although I play one on TV.”
When I started Backpacking Chef in 2008, I similarly said, “I’m not a chef, but I play one on the Internet.” I figured I would grow into the job.
With apologies to working chefs, I gave myself the trail name, Chef
Glenn. The idea was that anybody could become a backpacking chef. I
imagined putting "Chef" in front of the first names
of everybody who transitioned from eating freeze-dried meals to creating homemade backpacking meals using healthy ingredients.
In the twelve years since I
took the first ninety dehydrated meals for a 315-mile test hike on the
Appalachian Trail, my interest in developing backpacking recipes using
dehydrated food continues.
Every month, I send out a newsletter, Trail Bytes, to twelve thousand subscribers. Each edition includes step-by-step instructions for making dehydrated meals.
I grew up in rural Morris County, New Jersey, in a neighborhood built on a former dairy farm. There were plenty of woodlots and streams for a boy to explore. My favorite topics in school were the sciences, but I was also attracted to business of the entrepreneurial sort. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, I settled in North Georgia, where I started several businesses.
Besides work, I served on the board of the Upper Etowah River Alliance. My primary role was leading hikes and canoe trips, but I also got certified as a Georgia Adopt-A-Stream water quality tester. When my kids were young, I was a frequent volunteer at school activities, and family-time included a lot of playing in the woods and rivers.
For the past twelve years, I have lived in Switzerland with my wife, Dominique. I am blessed with two daughters and two granddaughters in Georgia, plus a loving second family in Switzerland. Dominique and I hike regularly – usually with a hot thermos meal made with healthy, dehydrated ingredients.
Chef Glenn & Dominique
Home & Trail: An Introduction to Drying Food
All of the above publications are available here at BackpackingChef.com.
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