We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsea Ledbetter and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chelsea, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
A little bit about my background: I’m 29 and I’m from the northeast side of Austin, TX. I come from a long line of cooks, with my own 20+ years of experience with baking and cooking I have re-created generational recipes and have created my own to add to them. Cooking has always been a huge part of my life, my family used it as a means to make peace, lift those who are grieving, and to come together. Growing up I admired how eating together brought so many smiles, especially during trying times. I have thoroughly enjoyed using my talent of cooking to help others by helping with catering repass’ for families, meal preps for cancer patients who are recovering from surgery and/or radiation, and cooking for family events to share that same love and joy that my family and I shared over a great meal. For this reason cooking is and has always been a passion of mine.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Outside of being the best chef in Austin, I have been a network engineer for the past 7 years now. My mom is a retired network engineer and she taught me the ropes and I followed in her footsteps. I love math, I love learning new things, critical thinking, algorithmic planning, and creating new innovative ideas of how to prioritize and be successful. I’ve learned that prioritization is key in being successful, self-care, and mental care are all essential in being successful as well. You can’t be the best if you’re not good to yourself and those around you. I would like the world to know that my brand is more than delicious food, it symbolizes hard work, dedication, and never giving up in the face of adversity.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Day events: The Domain, night events: Swing Lounge or Victory Grill, Sunday Funday: “The Spot” (or Cajun Eats in Pflugerville)

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My brother who pushed me into being a business owner because this definitely was not my plan! My friends & family has been the key in my success with my business and I can honestly say if it wasn’t for their help, support, sticking with me, staying up late, and getting up early I would not be able to call Dirty South Bowl a business. I can’t just name one person because that would be totally unfair. There are many that has poured a lot of energy into my business and I am forever grateful.

Website: www.dirtysouthbowl.com

Instagram: @DirtySouthBowl

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php

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