My First Adventure in the 'Real World'
In 1996, I graduated from college and headed south to Pinehurst, North Carolina. My parents and I opened The Track restaurant and it quickly became a very popular breakfast and lunch eatery.
I loved having a family business. Even though it was such hard work, it was really a great experience. Learning every facet of the restaurant business prepared me for the next step in my culinary career.
There's No Business Like Show Business
In 1997, I took my apron and hit the road with an on-location motion picture catering company based in Wilmington, North Carolina. I cooked for the cast and crew of many TV shows and movies. One of my favorite catering memories is working with Jeff Bridges and cooking six-egg omelets for Meatloaf!
*Side note: I also cooked for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson while he was here in the Port City working on the film "Journey 2: Mysterious Island." He's such an amazing guy, very humble and gracious, and ruggedly handsome. I hope he comes back to film something else.
How I Became a Personal Chef
I decided to become a personal chef in 2004. My clientele list quickly blossomed, but the lifestyle in Los Angeles wasn't for me, so in 2005 I moved back to Wilmington, North Carolina, where I am currently based.
Over the years, my client list has ranged from elderly folks who are home-bound to busy families who are trying to eat healthy. I've catered weddings, family reunions, church retreats, you name it. Now I even travel for clients to places like the Bahamas, all over Florida, Boston, Washington D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles.