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Life & Work with Jayson Nguyen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jayson Nguyen.

Hi Jayson, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a private chef based in Orange County. After graduating high school, I did not exactly know what I wanted to do career-wise. One afternoon at home, my mom and I were watching television together and saw a commercial for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Everything I had seen in that commercial somewhat gave me that “lightbulb” moment in life. I jumped on the opportunity and signed up for the program. I really enjoyed everything from learning history of foods to applying new skills and techniques in the kitchen labs to create amazing food. Upon graduation, I worked at Marche Moderne, probably one of the best French restaurants in OC. I have worked at a numerous amount of restaurants and small shops since then and have learned more than I could have imagined. I will always be grateful for this opportunity I had to become a great chef. I also thank my mom, friends, and family for supporting through all the years of hard work.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My biggest challenges with becoming a great chef was learning how to persevere through all the hard, physical, and mental work. There were times when a chef would yell at me for doing something wrong and correcting me. It was quite frustrating so say the least, but I always kept my head down and tried my best. Later on in the years after experiencing many of those encounters, I had learned that if I knew I was trying my hardest and put in full effort, these chefs were only scolding me because they cared and knew I was going to be better.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My job as a private or personal chef is to create a food experience that my guests will never forget. I spend a lot of time working with my clients to provide them the best and customized dinner parties. I will do what it takes to make my customers happy. I will constantly be in contact with my clients to make sure everything goes well for their events.

What matters most to you?
What matters most to me as a private chef is too see my clients and their guests have a great time enjoying the delicious food I have prepared for them. Seeing people eat, smile from an amazing bite, and having fun with their friends, brings me the greatest joy in life.

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