“Ever since I was a kid, my father always insisted that I help him in the kitchen. It took me years to feel comfortable, but I slowly found myself loving it.

Today, I owe it all to him; Not many people have the strength, drive, and passion required for this job. To find joy in making people happy, and look forward to each day as an opportunity to better yourself.

What keeps me going is how far I’ve come. I’ve seen my skills develop and it makes me wonder just how far I can take it. Even with the long hours, the busy holiday, I still see the whole picture.

I belong behind the stove and feel proud of every single dish that leaves my kitchen for a table. It’s a small gesture that can make the day for a stranger.”