Brian (also known as BJ as his middle name is Jason) has always loved making people laugh. And that's what it's all about, the laughs. At 8 yrs old - give or take a year - while growing up in West Rogers Park, he met a comedy magician on a family vacation to Wisconsin and said, "That's what I want to do!"
Since the early 90's he's performed comedy magic at restaurants, casinos, private parties and corporate events. Most recently a year long run at the Chicago Magic lounge. In 2014 he combined two of his favorite things, cooking deep dish pizza and making people laugh to create this unique in-home experience Magic By The Slice!
Loving all things Chicago (especially pizza), back in 1999 while performing full time, pizza became his new hobby setting out to create his own brand of deep dish pizza. As he tried numerous recipes week after week, would eat one slice, sometimes only one bite and then pass the rest off to his neighbors. Good way to make friends!
"Once I had the foundation for my dough and sauce, I actually spent more time studying Neapolitan pizza making than I did deep dish pizza."
As he got close to what he thought was the perfect flavor and consistency, he still felt it was sleightly (see what we did there?) amiss. With months of trials, testing and the help of some of his most willing taste testing friends, the Chef at Pizzeria Due (sister restaurant to Pizzeria Uno), his late great pal Chef Stutz and a couple of renowned pizza chefs in New York - yes, New York! - he finally nailed it!
"I've learned that making people laugh is my greatest gift and and my greatest skill is being able to apply my gift to all that I do."
What is he doing when he's not cooking for and entertaining his clients? Likely out running, riding his bike, exploring the casual culinary wonders of Chicago, making pizza and or watching his favorite Chicago sports teams try not to suck!
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