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

Hi Jared, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I lost my great grandmother in 2015 and there was no way I was going to miss her funeral for work. So I left Dallas to go to Chicago for the funeral. My job was aware but did not ok my time off. Upon my return I was notified that I was terminated. So, in all reality my thought process was “you just got fired, you have to do something until your new job starts!” A friend told me about an app where I can find clients and I created a website, made some promo in and used old pics and in 3 Days JaredPierre was formed. One thing I took from it all is that sometimes tragic situations occur in order to push you into the right direction. I never thought people would pay to eat my food no matter how well I cook. It’s all literally a dream come true.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My love for food goes back to kindergarten. I’ve always wanted to be a chef. I grew up watching The Food Network and Cooking Shows like they were my Saturday morning cartoons. I first stepped foot into the kitchen in 2008 and I made it my goal that I would learn from every position that I held and with every new job I aimed to get I made sure it was better or I learned more from it then my previous job. I worked through the ranks proving to my chefs that I had what it take for promotion. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am today. I have more to learn and this is just the beginning!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m the worst friend to try to get out of the house to do anything. I enjoy my down time. But You’ll most definitely catch us popping up at Val’s Cheesecakes cause who doesn’t like cheesecake? Lol Also True Kitchen + Kocktails is also a winner. Outside of that you can catch me checking out anyone of the restaurants in Trinity Groves.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d be nothing without my grandmother, Katherine Madison. I grew up watching her in the kitchen. Her food brings joy to all who eats it. My Mentor Chef Tiffani Janelle aka Chef2thestars. We met virtually on twitter via a random tweet asking if she needed an assistant or help. Two years later we met and she took me under her wings and has taught me a lot about the business and catering. Now I cook side by side with her wherever she takes me!

Website: http://www.chefjaredpierre.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/chefjaredpierre
Twitter: @HeardChefJared

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