"Your passion needs to reach beyond the food. It has to be about the people who come to eat here and make memories here. It’s all about the people."
"Looking back, it’s easier to see the moments that were crystallizing for me.... One friend asked me what I was going to do, and I said, 'I don’t know, but I know I want to make a difference.'"
"CO.STARTERS helped me understand my value and figure out how to grow... I think financial success and emotional fulfillment are often sold as being mutually exclusive, but we get to choose our realities, and having both is possible."
"Moving here and immediately being immersed in the food scene with local chefs allowed me to really get to know Birmingham, Alabama, and the South through this culinary lens. It was indoctrination by food!"
"People connect over a meal. Food brings people together, and food is tied to your memories and what comforts you... As a chef, that's easy to see and understand. We know what goes into each slice of bread, the life cycle of every ingredient that made it on to a plate, and what it's like to work 12 hours for something that's gone in five minutes but hopefully creates this moment of happiness."