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Meet Stephan “Chefan” Houston of Plate Of Hue in Compton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephan “Chefan” Houston.

Stephan “Chefan”, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In early 2017, my mother, Betty Arnold, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She immediately began to research and decided to adopt a plant-based diet to assist her as she ventured toward path of natural healing and health and I decided to join her. I’d grown up in the kitchen my entire life and loved being challenged to create dishes with whatever ingredients that I had available so although this new path was a bit frightening due to the circumstances, I was ready to begin the journey with mom. As I witnessed the positive changes in my mom’s life, I was encouraged to become fully plant-based myself. It has now been nearly three years and my mom is not only still cancer-free without chemo or radiation, but also 70+ lbs lighter, vibrant, and 100% #PlantBased! In addition, reversing high-blood pressure and borderline type 2 diabetes, she is no longer dependent upon medication and this is only the beginning! This experience birthed Plate of Hue, “Plant-based Food for the People,” 1 year later. It is my mother’s strength, dedication, and courage that continues to inspire me to use what we endured together to reach out to our communities through the love of food, cooking, and service. It is with great honor that I am blessed with the ability to create in new ways that allow me to share my family’s story and my understanding of nutrition and fulfillment with the beautiful people around me.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road at all. I started my business while working as a Correctional Officer in a maximum-security state prison in Lancaster, CA. I originally stepped into that profession in December 2014, while obtaining my undergrad degree at Cal State Long Beach and working in group homes as a youth counselor. My mission and focus on my entire journey has been to make a difference and to have a positive impact in all that I do but because I felt overwhelmed and consumed by the pressures of my work environment in corrections, it impeded on my personal ability to focus on that mission. On March 18, 2019, I left Corrections, eventually was forced to move back in with family, and I went full-throttle with Plate Of Hue. It’s still challenging. Everyday, I am working to build my strengths and knowledge of what entrepreneurship is. I am still in the beginning stages, mostly a one-person team, blessed with some help from close friends and family. I wake up everyday knowing that I have a purpose that has to be fulfilled though, so I am striving to keep growing and pressing forward while tapping into the resources that are presented to me with full gratitude.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Plate Of Hue – what should we know?
Plate Of Hue strives to provide delectable, appealing, & mouth-watering experiences that do not sacrifice flavor nor health. I craft each dish with fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other plant-based ingredients but use them in a way that is familiar and comforting to even the traditional palate. It is because I treasure life and the lives of my loved ones that I dedicate myself to this purpose! I describe my cuisine as “Edible love for the eyes, mouth, heart, & soul!” and I am most proud of that! My business is rooted in love, in wellness, & family. Those are the specialties and possessions that I’m most proud of and I’m proud of being able to create food that depicts them all. I created this business because I know that communities of color, that the entire world, is in need of people who have love at the forefront of their intentions and I wanted to do more than just put food on a plate for people, I wanted people to dine and feel a sense of fulfillment. I am grateful because it has been much more of an exchange than I would’ve ever imagined- I have only received the same love and fulfillment in return. The “Hue” is a representation of the color, character, and beauty of both the food and The People.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family deserves so much credit! I can do none of this without them. My mom, dad, grandma, aunties, uncles and cousins have ALL put their hearts into this with me and I am so blessed for that. They have all been my sous-chefs, accountants, hosts, receptionists, marketing managers, etc. at some point! I am so appreciative because this truly is a family business that we ALL eat from! & I’m happy to be able to feed my folks as they have fed me!

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Steven & Kala Love. Tabitha & Chance Brown.

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