NerdSteak is a site devoted to food and culture shenanigans.  Based in the Chicagoland area, NerdSteak will provide you with interesting and strange content about food, recipes, ingredients, food culture, and the comedy of epic wins/fails from around the world. There is no food too fancy, nor any food too cheap that NerdSteak won’t take full advantage of.


I am the CEO, CFO, COO, and busboy for NerdSteak.  I decided to start this site to give my opinion on the food and beverage industry across the world.  I also think I’m funny. Very funny.  Most of the content viewed through this site are my perspective on things, however I will try my best not to offend you, but I can’t make any guarantees.  Why listen to what I have to say anyway?

I have over 15 years experience in the food industry. The first half of my career thus far was being a chef in numerous high-end restaurants, country clubs, and corporate chains; the other half as an R&D chef for food manufacturers (yes, the people you blame for being unhealthy). I am also the chef/partner for a competition BBQ team called, Axe-Men BBQ. I play guitar and have toured with my fair share of B-list musicians,  I try to eat healthy when I can, but bacon and beer usually gets the best of me, and I play more video games than your average tween.  I pretend to be good at poker, I decided to try and learn how to play golf at 30 years old, I unsuccessfully quote movies, I watch too much TV, and I am addicted to humorous memes. I currently live in the Chicago suburbs surround by every chain and fast food restaurant you can think of, and I am more than happy to eat foie gras one day, and a cheap Chinese buffet the next.

My goal with NerdSteak is to entertain, educate, and provide silly content for your eye holes.


  1. chefman316 says:

    Look at me!! First post win.

  2. Joshua Scott says:

    LOVE IT!! Handle ur bizness hur-is!!

    • carmenaidacreates says:

      Chef, I’d work for you any shift of the day! Read your pet peeves post. Oh, so I agree… I could add so many more. Logging so many hours in the front of the house, let me count the ways servers ruin a great meal. Well, that’s not why I’m here.. thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on Breasts, BBQ Sauce & and a Book. If you’re ever in my area of CT, look me up, I’d be glad to run your food. Carmen Aida

  3. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  4. Thank you for checking out Kerri Chronicles. I look forward to reading more of your site!

  5. Hi and thank you for the like on http://www.midihideaways.wordpress.com – glad you enjoyed the read!!

  6. annascuisine says:

    Hello there! I hope you don’t mind if I follow your blog. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post. Have a great day!

  7. well aren’t I glad you liked “Rare Red”! Where have you been all of my blog life?! You are funny, and you do offend- More reason to love you and keep reading! Thanks for being you, and for checking out my blog!

  8. Daniela says:

    Thanks for the like on my site. If you’re a foodie, Chicago is one of the best spots to be in.

  9. Elle says:

    Thanks for the like! Your blog looks fantastic–I’ll definitely be coming back.

  10. Hi thanks so much for liking my post “Breakfast Bake Casserole” and for stopping by my blog at: http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com. Your blog is amazing too. Have a great day. Betty

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog. can’t wait to read more of your shenanigans and see what you’re up to!

  12. Cashmama2010 says:

    Thanks for stopping my little Ol’ Blog 🙂

  13. rubble2bubble says:

    This is awkward. I came to “Nerdsteak: Food and Culture” expecting to feel like a scrunchie-faced church person at a raucous, no-self-control-here kind of party. Only one word pulsated in my head: respect. You’re honest, interesting, authentic and…fun. I “like” you. Now I’m going to click that “talk to me more” button…

  14. the tea lady says:

    Love this and thanks for the like on my page. I look forward to reading more from you.

  15. Hello! Thanks for liking my post! I’ve looked around your blog and you’ve gained another follower! I’m excited to see what pops up on your page next!

  16. Liz says:

    as a rule, love shenanigans, so thinking I’m going to be very happy here! Appreciate you coming by food for fun for the bacon jam.

  17. From one bacon and beer hound to another – I love your sense of humor and your tastes!

  18. kunstkitchen says:

    Thanks for stopping by my kitchen. I am making a Dutch dish today. Autumn comfort food. Thanks for your expertise and great humor. Scorpion chilies, eh? Have you tried them?

  19. twobitwo says:

    Hi Chef, thank you for your liking my post on http://sunnydistrict.wordpress.com/
    Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 You blog is fun to read!

  20. How about getting together just to do some wheatgrass?

  21. Thank you for visiting my blog. Come again soon!

  22. Beth says:

    You’re not funny.

    You’re a hoot ‘n a holler.

  23. Lukraakvars says:

    Hey, thanks a lot for liking and following my blog. Yours seems like a smell of fresh bread (see what I did there?) Peace. 🙂

  24. Lukraakvars says:

    Uhm… thats embarrassing… just liking but yeah! (can’t delete previous comment, thanx non the less)

  25. harinisrao says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have an interesting blog. Happy blogging 🙂
    – Harini

  26. Lauzan says:

    Thanks for liking my jpg-post! 🙂

  27. Wong Xin Yi says:

    cool blog mannnngggg

  28. Thanks for popping by I loved the blog

  29. PaulaCooper says:

    Love the approach of your blog Mike. Looking forward to following it. Cheers!

  30. Frances says:

    Hey… Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my recent post!

  31. magnoliast13 says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post on the mashed cauliflower… I look forward to following your blog!!

  32. Angie Mc says:

    Mike, you won me over at first glance of this blog! Thanks for liking my blog, http://familyanswersfast.wordpress.com/ where I connect my passion for food and a happy family life. Bacon? My husband and 3 sons say bring it on! Beer? We just tapped a keg of San Tan Hopshock IPA 🙂 Are you on Scoop.it? I curate content there: Family Food and Feast http://www.scoop.it/t/family-food-and-feast Cheers!

  33. adapukka says:

    Hello! I nominated you for the WordPress Family Awards. I consider you as a part of my WordPress Family. I enjoy everytime reading your blog.
    Acceptance is optional. Please find here more about this award: http://adapukka.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/wordpress-family-award-2/

  34. Thanks for visiting real food pledge. I love your site, it’s excellent!

  35. nancymn says:

    We’re coming to Chicago next year! Cannot wait to visit! and thanks for the Like on my blog.

  36. bezzymates says:

    Thanks so much for your like and visit. Love the bio!

  37. Hi Mike thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like..glad to have found yours.

  38. Thanks for visiting my blog! What an interesting blog you have. 🙂

  39. homemadeinhk says:

    Thanks for liking our steamed chicken post! love your site, keep up the great blogging!

  40. Hi there, thanks for having a peek, reading yours now. N.

  41. Capt Jill says:

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my post on the apple-cranberry bars. Your blog looks great. I love to eat and sometimes enjoy cooking too 😉

  42. adapukka says:

    Hello there! I want to express my appreciation for your support as well as your blog. So, I nominated you for Dragon’s Loyalty Award. As usual, participation is optional.

  43. Thanks for the like on my blog, Mike. Your site is really teasing my creativity!

  44. Hi Mike! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my rosemary potato soup post! It was my first blog post ever and I needed the encouragement. You’ve got a great blog going – glad to have found it through your like and looking forward to more of your posts!


  45. howdy, do you do blog awards? if so, I can nominate you for the Sunshine Award. If they’re not your thing, that’s cool too!

  46. beerwidow says:

    Thanks, fellow foodie, for the like. Looking forward to seeing your future posts as well!

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