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

Hi Shelby, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson my business has taught me is to never accept defeat. There are many times in which we as entrepreneurs would become overwhelmed about things not happening for us or our business. That’s a normal feeling to have and very common. However, we must find a reason to push ourselves past that mindset and pursue our goals.

What should our readers know about your business? What are you most proud of?
I am the proud owner of O’Glory Catering Company and FitKitch Camp. We are a faith-based brand that focuses on creating unique experiences through with southern cuisine infused with flavors from other regions that not only please the palate of our clients; our meal prep service also promotes foods that are nutrient-rich and give our bodies the energy needed to get us through our daily activities. The journey leading up to now hasn’t been an easy one. Before the pandemic hit in early March, I had experienced a lot of personal losses that led me to a slight depression. I quickly regain my confidence to keep pushing, only to become very emotional once COVID-19 hit. And suddenly, I received a call about my father being in ICU back in Memphis where he currently resides.

It has been a bit hard for me. I had to rethink the goals I’ve set for this year. I remember constantly looking at my vision board wondering if I should just stop pursuing because there was no sure way of getting past this pandemic we are experiencing. However, I learned how to pivot my way to keep my business afloat and to be somewhat an encouragement to my followers to do the same. I started to pray more and focus on taking my time, instead of trying to keep up with other local chefs and food influencers.

I am most proud of my accomplishments thus far- overcoming my fear of being in front of the camera, upgraded my brand to an LLC, obtaining new marketing skills to better my brand, and tackling my time management with the help of my Happy Planner. I am excited about the possibilities that will take place for my brand. I appreciate the patience of my followers because I had planned so much for this year and suddenly things started to happen one by one that was beyond my control. However, by the grace of God, we have been growing and I can’t be more proud of it.

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?
I am all about supporting local businesses when I can do so, especially when it comes to food. It has been said that most of the BEST foods come from those “hole in a wall’ establishments. Here are some of my picks to try while traveling within Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (Note: I am aware that there are many other spots out there. Please don’t limit to just these.):

Breakfast/Brunch: Ellen’s, Ida Claire

Burgers: Burgerim West End

BBQ: Terry Black’s Barbecue, MeShack’s BBQ `

Desserts: Val’s Cheesecake,  Emporium Pies,  Cake Bar

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 will like to personally thank my friends and family for the continued support of me in my endeavors to become one of the greatest chefs of all time. Also, I am grateful for my followers who hold me accountable for sharing great content and just keep me motivated to do more. It gets rough at times but I am grateful for their understanding and encouragement.

Website: www.iamchefshelbs.org
Instagram: www.instagram.com/iamchefshelbs
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shelby-henderson-b-b-a-m-a-79346349
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chefshelbs
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chefshelbs

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