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Meet Nigel Henderson of The Feast LA & The Gumbo Pot Podcast in Mid City Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nigel Henderson.

Nigel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised by a single mother, and grandmother. My Grandmother gave me my first experiences with food. She’s originally from New Orleans and raised seven children by herself, I was her kitchen assistant and taste tester. She taught me about the magic that is gumbo and introduced me to my sweet tooth.

While attending college at Morehouse in Atlanta, I interned in entertainment at Sony Music and part-time as a prep cook. After college I worked at some of the top entertainment companies of that time: Interscope Records, William Morris Agency, Overbrook Entertainment; but ultimately left the Entertainment to work in the culinary industry.

I did my externship in New Orleans under the tutelage of “The Queen of Creole Cuisine” Leah Chase at Dooky Chase and later moved there to work with Liberty’s Kitchen. Later I opened a food truck (The Nola Truck) and serviced various movie productions and clubs in the city. I returned to Los Angeles six years ago to run my culinary event, catering and private chef business The Feast LA, and produce The Gumbo Pot Podcast, a podcast where my cohost and I discuss the creative process and life lessons with various Chefs, Musicians, and Creatives.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The journey has not been smooth by any means; it’s been filled with many highs and lows, but I’ve learned the best part of this life is the journey. The struggles I’ve faced have been no different from any other entrepreneurs, it is truly a rollercoaster Along the journey I’ve learned perseverance, prayer, diligence, and tunnel vision when it comes to setting goals and developing ideas.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Feast LA & The Gumbo Pot Podcast – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Feast LA is my catering, private events, and private chef services company. I host pop-ups, creative culinary experiences, and cater small events. We host a seasonal pop-up series called Rhythm & Brunch LA, and an annual camping culinary experience called Kampapalooza. When people ask me what is my specialty, my response is simply good food, and that is what I’m known for. I’ll let the dishes speak for themselves, and If I do my job whomever is eating them will speak for me.

The Gumbo Pot Podcast is a Podcast where my co-host, Omar Alcibar, and I get to discuss the creative process, music, and food with rotating roster of artists, musicians chefs, and creatives. I wanted the opportunity to pass on the stories of our people and culture, and the podcast gives me a little opportunity to do that.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Looking towards the future, I’m looking to grow the events arm of The Feast LA, we’re formulating plans for a few food concepts and developing those ideas as well building our second season of the Gumbo Pot Podcast, going to bring you more stories from creatives from all walks of life.

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Jennifer Johnson @jenjphoto

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