Elburn resident Jim Goodwin, 37, was working at Schmidt’s Towne Tap in Elburn when he took time out to answer 13 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Al Lagattolla.
Where did you grow up? Geneva
Do you have any pets? I have a dog. Her name is Lanta, and she’s a husky-bulldog.
Who would you in the movie of your life? Jim Gaffigan
What was your first job? I was a paper boy.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Forest firefighter. I went to fire science school, and then I decided I didn’t want to be a firefighter anymore. I went into culinary, and I’ve been cooking ever since.
What is a movie you would recommend? “True Romance”
What is your favorite charity? Habitat for Humanity
Do you have any hobbies? Hiking, outdoor sports and cooking
What do you do here? I cook. And I cook at home. I cook all day long.
What are the best things to get at Schmidt’s? The burgers are phenomenal, and our steaks on the weekends are great. We do an awesome fish fry. I’m smoking some turkey breasts outside for later this week. … We get bands in here every other weekend.
What is your favorite local restaurant? Schmidt’s
What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I absolutely love history, all history. In high school, I hated it. I didn’t understand why we needed to know anything about anything, but now I can’t get enough of it.
Whose jersey are you wearing? This is my high school number. A friend of mine got it for my birthday. I played at Geneva. I graduated in 1994. I was a center. I played against Joey Goodspeed in high school, and I broke my wrist. There’s another factoid.