Working for a car insurance company in 1989, David Martone, now the owner of Classic Thyme Cooking School in Westfield, used to dream about what he would do when he “grew up.”
At 31, the newly married new homeowner dreamed of following his culinary dreams but saw no way to do it with a wife and mortgage — until he fatefully met a pharmacist-turned-attorney.
“I was out to dinner with my friend, Rick DiDonato, and George Jurecky, an attorney we worked with at The Archers Ristorante, a very nice restaurant in Jersey City at the time,” he said. “I told them that I loved to cook and wished I had gone to culinary school, but how could I now that I was newly married and just bought a house?”
Jurecky laughed. He said that he had come to the United States from the Czech Republic as a pharmacist, and he finally decided to act on passion for law and go back to law school. Martone felt so inspired that within two weeks, he was registered at the French Culinary Institute in New York City.