November 8th, 2010

What’s Cookin? Man Made Dude Food

It all started a few years ago for Brandon Bonfiglio.  He was living with 3 other guys in a small apartment and their pantry was like the food section at the 99 cent store which included Ramen noodles, ketchup, hot dogs and Easy Mac. 

Sick of eating the same meal over and over again and the excess Easy Mac and Ramen weight he had put on, he soon realized that not only was it easy to cook a decent meal, it was healthier and wouldn’t break his pockets.

Brandon started experimenting with his bro-mates and the next thing you know, he had a pretty solid arsenal of recipes, techniques and real-world experience that would  help him create The Bachelor Chefs or, as he  like to call it, his social service for the betterment and education of the human race… or something.  Dudes (and Dudettes) of America – prepare to feast!

What sets you apart from other culinary professionals?

Here’s the deal.  This isn’t new.  This isn’t rocket science.  Everyone wants fast, healthy meals that are easy to cook and take no time at all.  What I do that is different is, well, I’m a dude.  A bachelor through and through.  I don’t have a fancy kitchen, I’m never going to use parsley in a recipe, and I have a set of pots and pans from the clearance rack at Marshall’s.

The recipes I make are made by and for the non-cook: the guy (or girl) with 5 things in her fridge, 10 minutes to spare and no first-hand knowledge of “how to mince” .  That being said – this demographic isn’t stupid!  All the time, I see publications treating these people like neanderthals. “A + canned B = Meal”.  Come on, quit insulting us.  It’s time that we had someone show us HOW instead of pretending like we haven’t even discovered fire yet.  We HAVE discovered fire, right?

Please explain your area(s) of expertise in the kitchen? How did you develop this passion?

I can break this down into 3 groups: simple recipes, easy cleanup, and health.  Being an un(officially)-trained cook, I have always hated trying to make my way through a 1-page long recipe that has no paragraph breaks, no structure, and too many SAT vocab words for me to keep count of. It takes me 30 seconds just to find out where I left off!

I try to keep my recipes simple, easy to read, and well photographed – so that anyone can compare their work to mine and make sure they’re on the right track.  Next, I always cook with the mindset of “how can I make this with less”.  I try to compact things so that I only get a few kitchen items dirty.  You spend less time cleaning and more time eating.  Cleanup is the WORST!

Lastly, I picture The Bachelor Chefs as being a vitamin wrapped in a treat.  It’s like when you give a dog a pill, you wrap it in something delicious so they never even know that they took it.  Same goes for my meals.  I always opt for the healthier method of cooking and the recipes never suffer.  Dudes, you’re welcome.

If you had to compare yourself to a dish, with both ingredients and presentation considered, what dish would you be? Why?

Easy.  A hamburger.  Simple and familiar at the basic level yet able to suit any occasion – from backyard BBQ’s to gourmet kitchens, it always makes sense.  Endlessly augmented with millions of combinations of toppings, meats/tofu, preparations, and sides, the hamburger can fit ANYONE’S palate and is always a welcome sight.  That’s what I’d be.  An American staple.

With the holidays approaching, what is your favorite “traditional” dish? How would you add your touch to make it unique so that it represents your style?

Stuffing!  There are so many different ways to make it, but if it were up to me – I’d make it inside of the turkey (yeah, yeah, I know you have to be careful with that), then, after it was done, I’d make sure to add some turkey pieces to it.  The meatier the better, right?  Plus – theres no easier cleanup than cooking it IN something EDIBLE!  Win, win!
What is your advice to males who stay clear of the kitchen to get them comfortable with the proper handling of pots and pans?

My biggest advice to all my dudes is DON’T BE AFRAID TO SCREW UP!  I’ve messed up recipes a MILLION times and 90% of the time, it’s still edible.  Plus, we all live 5 minutes from a fast food chain – nobody is going to starve.  I think the biggest part of guys not cooking is the journey into the unknown.  Fact is – cooking can be pretty damn easy – especially when someone puts it into terms that you’d understand.  Start simple, gain confidence, work your way up to tougher recipes.  Rome wasn’t chopped in a day, dudes.

Where do you see yourself and business in the next five years? How do you plan to attain that goal?

Ideally, within the next 5 years, this company will be responsible for a book, a show, merchandising sold nation-wide, and a whole lot of happier, healthier people out there.  As for me, I’ll be free to concentrate on the creative and constantly be pumping out new ideas for future projects.  My method is simple – word of mouth and persistence.  With a good enough idea and the right decisions, anything is possible.  Even cooking.

To get a few Man Made Dude Food recipes, click here

About the Author

Socialtik Mag
Socialtik Mag is a progressive platform for young, aspiring professionals to express our views on the issues and ideas in the world around us. It’s the Gen-Y perspective of life in the new decade. In addition to the original content we produce, we post from sites around the internet to keep our peers aware of what’s positive, what’s fresh, and most importantly, what’s progressive.



What’s Cookin? Southern Style Meals By Jarvis Green

Jarvis Green, starting defensive lineman for the New England Patriots, has come a long way from his roots in the small town of Donnelsonville, LA.
by Socialtik Mag


What’s Cookin? Your Fav Designer on A Pastry

Gamali Elias is a talented cake designer who creates tasty custom confections.
by Socialtik Mag


What’s Cookin? You Make The Menu

ChefNAround provides five star food and quality service for all of your in home dining needs. ChefNAround focuses on creation dinners. These dinners require each guest to bring ingredients they love or find interesting and the ...
by Socialtik Mag



What’s Cookin? Sweet Treats For Your Pooch

He was never a great cook, but has always been a dog person and finds dogs are very forgiving when it comes to making food for them.
by Socialtik Mag


What’s Cookin? 1950s Flair Cupcakes

Lorraine Murphy is  an artist who is always bursting at the seams with new ways to express her creativity.
by Socialtik Mag



  1. Legg Mason is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchang the moment sweetie bracelets are extremely favorite; they can be a example of items of fun jewelry which might be expressed by brands renowned for quality

  2. hank you very much for you can share your post,the article content written very well,extremely is worth my study

  3. Good post. This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post. I am sure this post has helped me save many hours of browsing other similar posts just to find what I was looking for. Many thanks
    Lenovo A820

  4. Good post. This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post. I am sure this post has helped me save many hours of browsing other similar posts just to find what I was looking for. Many thanks Lenovo A820

  5. s The animations technology has begun to shift away from traditional method towards CG animation. Sheet metal prototype manufacturer

  6. I’ve been looking for these, thanks for sharing moreover honestly speaking I love to read your article keep it up .
    Traffic Management Courses

  7. Many things to be grateful about those things that we could actually learn from here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Twitter Users
Enter your personal information in the form or sign in with your Twitter account by clicking the button below.

thru 9/26 - Fall Sale. 30% Off select styles. Disc