One of the most most oft-quoted statements in American literature is F. Scott Fitzgerald's comment "There are no second acts in American lives." With a little pluck and perseverance, it's also one of the easiest statements to disprove. For this week's Exhibit A, turn to Sally Cameron, the Huntington Beach native who is among the chefs competing in a nationwide event to benefit food banks.
Cameron, who graduated from Edison High School and lives in Las Flores, grew up in culinary surroundings. As a child, she saved empty boxes and cans and played grocery store with her brother; her prize toy was an Easy-Bake Oven.
Despite taking summer cooking classes at age 11, though, Cameron never pursued her dream of attending culinary school. Until she was 45, that is. In 2002, she began taking evening and weekend classes at the Art Institute of California while working a technology job full-time during the week. Finally, four years later, she quit the job and launched her own personal chef and catering business, Everyday Gourmet.