“I’ve had the chance to live and work in some of the best places in the world, without cooking, I wouldn’t have been able to do that. I’ve always hustled. When I worked on the streets, it was what it was – nothing will change that. But I took what I learned there and translated it to cooking.

Kitchens are like an army going into battle – the team always needs to be the best they can be. Today I’m able to speak to kids growing up in the same streets as I did about their future. Our language is spoken by few, with most of us coming from marginalized neighborhoods, – when I speak, it resonates with them and helps open up the conversation.”