We had the good fortune of connecting with The Wildcard Chef and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The Wildcard Chef, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I started off as a kid in a popular little city by the name of Vallejo, California. Home to E-40 and the late Mac Dre RIP. From there I moved to the San Ramon/Danville of the east Bay Area which is where I grew up until spending my early 20’s in Oakland. With grandparents from Louisiana and Mississippi the southern style and creole influence of taste was introduced.
I’ve always had friends from all nationalities so naturally I learned about the cuisines their cultures championed. Health and fitness play a big part in the ingredients I select and combinations I create. In the past I’ve been the one after a long shift to spend my precious dollars on food only to regret a flavorless bite.
I was fortunate to have parents who worked hard to show us the world and the lives that we should expect to have. I’ve taken my own adventurous route in getting there but I’m definitely arriving so watch out lol.
I’m building skill shops to educate the youth and adults interested in food science. So many people are missing out on amazing food and the places this food is coming from!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I care about good food and the money you spend on 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 moved from Oakland weeks before the pandemic started so I haven’t explored Dallas a ton myself. I would recommend Deep Ellum for entertainment and Twerk City Tacos in Frisco to get your socks knocked off with designer street tacos!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost I have to acknowledge and praise the force behind my step. God. I’ve always known He set me aside to do something very unique. To bring out the best in people and help them see their purpose in being and how that looks to the rest of the world. I’ve gained a lot and lost a lot and only He was there to help me not lose my mind.
Next to my wonderful parents, siblings, friends of family who made me the person I am and helped me get back focused on my gifts during a very challenging time personally. I love you all very much.
To the chefs whom I’m come across with on this amazing path..
The chefs at Stanford’s Restaurant in Broadway Plaza that gave me a chance and let me serve their wonderful clientele.
To the owner and chefs at Bluestem Brasserie in downtown San Francisco thank you for letting me figure out my career in your kitchen. Gave me so much confidence with the training I got from you all.
Dallas Cowboys Omni Hotel at The Star in Frisco, TX thank you for bringing me to the Dallas area to prepare for this amazing journey !
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