Today we’d like to introduce you to Chef K.C. Cardwell.
Hi Chef K.C., we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ve cooked my entire life. My mom always worked two or three jobs at a time so I found a passion for cooking for my family young. After being placed with a family as a teen, I realized how great it felt to introduce people to new foods but it remained a hobby. I moved to California as a dancer/ actor. I became a company dancer and acted on stage, tv and film until I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I enrolled in culinary school and while in school, I started throwing events around Los Angeles where my friends could partake in my food. I got an offer for my first restaurant with radio personality Big Boy while studying. Through building a clientele through the restaurant and networking with other amazing chefs, I transitioned into the private Chef world working with clients such as Sean “Diddy” Combs and Kanye West and the Kardashian family. As my rates went up, I realized my friends and associates could not afford my services at those rates so along with my friend King Orr, cultivated a monthly urban karaoke night called Soul Sunday. These nights allowed my friends fun all different walks of life to enjoy my food, meet new people and sing horribly.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I was forced to move in with an alternative family as a teen. It has definitely been a long journey. In the 17 years, I’ve been in California, I’ve been homeless, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis amongst many other hardships but there is nothing that didn’t contribute to where I am now. Building an amazing and supportive community here has been my saving grace. Not being able to do events or go spend time in people’s homes has made me transition to meal prep for my clients.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a Chef specializing in private contracts and events. I’m also the owner of the medicated cuisine business Kush Creations. I started medicated cuisine when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007. Unlike many other Med Chefs, I not only focus on the medicinal aspect but the entire high-quality experience.
Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
I’ll always be a fan of The Talk-O-Tuesday podcast hosted by myself and Co-Host Eva. (Shameless plug, lol)
- Email: Kushcreations420@gmail.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/chefkccardwell
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chef-KC-Cardwell
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChefKcCardwell
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC9hAde6ohhP5_g5cT0pXZCA
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