Culinarian, author and all around Renaissance man Chuck Cardamon retired from the US Navy after over 20 years of service to his country. Chuck joined the US Navy in 1975 at the tender young age of 17. After a few years in the fleet and spending time on two ships, he chose the more exciting optional career as a SEAL. He graduated From Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training class 114 in September 1981, after six grueling months of intense training, while positioned in the Leading Petty Officer position of the class. Class 114 was a “no bell” class, meaning they had zero trainees quit training during the fabled “Hell Week”, a feat held by only a couple of other classes out of the almost 300 training classes over its 60 year history. Making the official Shift from US Navy SEAL to Culinarian came by way of the Veterans Administration and the California Culinary Academy in downtown San Francisco. Chuck spends his “spare” time donating gourmet dinners for charity, supporting the American Liver Foundation (Chuck is a living liver donor) as a Board member and through his annual Mt Shasta Climb for Research, writing for newspapers and magazines (Chuck is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California), fishing, hunting, snowboarding, biking, motorcycling, dining, camping, and many other indoor and outdoor fun activities. Enjoy Family, Friends and Live with Passion!