Manny Shaool cooks from memory.
"I have to hear every recipe one time," said Shaool, of Hagerstown. He needs only a rundown of the ingredients, not amounts.
"I know how much," he said.
Shaool's cooking prowess has taken time to develop. He started experimenting in the kitchen as a child, learning how to doctor foods to bring out their best flavors.
Shaool's wife, Janet, appreciates his skills. Now that their four children are grown, he has taken over the kitchen.
"He's great with leftovers. He's my chef," Janet Shaool said.
His culinary skills are also enjoyed in the community.
Last year, he made a Persian soup featuring noodles, beans and spinach for the Potter's Bowl Dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.