That's because on Saturday he was in charge of cooking for about 250 guests at the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast.
“I used to try to have a menu of scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage,” he said Saturday at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Friends Community Center. “But about eight years ago, the ladies at the Friends Center suggested this strata meal, where you mix the eggs and cheese altogether. That works so much better.”
That's because the strata is prepared a day in advance.
“Pretty much all we cooked this morning were the hash browns,” Grimshaw said. “So I'm back there dipping those in grease for a couple hours. Everything else, we just tried to heat up what we made yesterday (Friday) afternoon.”
Besides cheese strata and hash browns, the menu consisted of sausage, orange juice and coffee.
Grimshaw said it took about 50 pounds of eggs and 300-400 hash brown patties to prepare the large meal.
There wasn't much food left after the breakfast, but the leftovers were sent to the Scioto County Homeless Shelter.
“So nothing is wasted,” Grimshaw said.
He is a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee and has been in charge of the food for about 15 years. He had to miss the event in 2004 while deployed in Iraq, but his wife substituted for him.
“I guess I just can't say no,” Grimshaw said of his culinary duties. “Every year after it's over I think, ‘Well, this probably is going to be the last one.' But they ask if I'll do it, and I always do it again.”
Grimshaw said he expects to again be behind the grill next year.
But his cooking skills are not limited to the annual MLK breakfast.
“The last two years at my church I've won our chili cook-off with different recipes,” Grimshaw said. “Although for a crowd this size, it's best to keep it simple.”
He said the simple system and the volunteers at the Friends Center make the job much easier, though.
JEFF BARRON can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 236.