What inspires me in this category: I just love the food!
Experience: I have a great love for Russian and Ukrainian food, German and Polish, too. I spent two years living in Ukraine and am married to a Ukrainian, so I have a decent amount of experience with preparing Slavic foods.
Biggest Lesson Learned: Not being afraid of involved recipes
Books, classes, teachers that have helped me: Learning from relatives, mostly
Education, Awards, Pro Experience: My time in Ukraine, as well as my Ukrainian in-laws, have taught me a lot.
Don't be afraid to mess up-most recipes can be saved