CHATTING FABULOUSLY WITH CHEF KEVIN ASHADE
Let's take this back to my college days. I met Chef Kevin Ashade when we were both pursuing our bachelors degrees at The Culinary Institute of America. While the college days are behind us, I still continue to watch Kevin become a dope chef and someone I think you should know. With a plethora of accomplishments under his belt including a recent Eater Young Guns Nomination, I catch up with Kevin to discuss his favorite no fail meal and what prompted him to start his own company.
Eating Fabulously - Where Did You Get Your Education?
Chef Kevin Ashade - I received my Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts Management from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), in Hyde Park, New York.
What is Your Current Position?
Chef Kev- I am an Executive Chef and founder of GourmEATS Catering Services
With so many restaurants and food businesses to choose from what sparked the move to go out on your own?
Chef Kev- I have always considered myself to be independent. After working in the industry for a number of years, I eventually built a strong network of clients and took the leap of faith to serve as my own boss. After a few years under my belt, I'm proud to say that GourmEATS is one of the preferred catering companies in the City of Dallas.
What Are Some Essential Kitchen Items That You Think Every Person Needs to Have in Their Kitchen?
Chef Kev - That's easy: (1) chef's knife, (2) 10" sauté pan and (3) a cutting board. With these three items, you can essentially prepare any meal to perfection.
What is Your Food Philosophy?
Chef Kev - With two hands and the will to succeed, anybody can prepare anything.
What is Your Food Guilty Pleasure?
Chef Kev- As a Texan, I have to say Mexican food.
Where do You Go for A No Fail Meal?
Chef Kev - I head to Velvet Taco The food there literally never fails me
How Did You Get On Eater's Radar for the Young Guns Nomination?
Chef Kev- My good friend, the very talented Chef JJ Johnson nominated me for Eater Young Guns.
You Beat Bobby Flay. What Was That Experience Like for You?
Chef Kev - My game plan was fairly simple. My goal was to successfully defeat my first opponent. After passing that obstacle, I was confident that I would be able to topple and "beat" Bobby.
Finish this sentence....." I Will Never Eat"
Chef Kev - Okra!
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