A CHEF AFTER HIS DREAM
Hailing from Roosevelt, New York, Kenneth Ware, a 27 year old chef garnered a slew of experience working as a chef in several highly regarded restaurants throughout New York City.
Hello, my name is Kenneth Ware. I was previously featured in a local magazine.
Hailing from Roosevelt, New York, I’m a 27 year old chef. Two years after graduating from culinary school, I garnered a slew of experience working as a chef in several highly regarded restaurants throughout New York City. While spending some downtime in Barnes and Nobles in Union Square, I stumbled upon a book entitled Duck N Waffle. A cookbook written by Chef Daniel Doherty, Duck N Waffle shared recipes and stories from Doherty’s London based 24-hour restaurant. I was so inspired by the book that I began to wonder what life would be like if I moved to London. A spontaneous trip to my favorite bookstore turned into the bright idea to move hundreds of miles away in an attempt to gather as much experience as possible. After months of fundraising and help from my family, friends and church family, I reached my financial goal and purchased a oneway ticket to London. I’d been preparing for this trip for months, but it wasn’t until I stepped out of the airport that I realized that I was really in London, chasing a dream that I’ve had for a very long time. My first few days in London were spent doing everything from sightseeing the Queen’s castle and Big Ben, to devouring local delicacies. Once I got settled, I purchased the Michelin Book for restaurants in London, in an attempt to find the perfect restaurant to volunteer/apprentice during my stay. A 40-seat one star restaurant, stood out and I just knew it was the perfect place for me. Although I was extremely nervous, I decided to put my fears behind me and introduce myself to one of the restaurant’s chefs. Once I met the chef and gave him a brief rundown of my culinary journey and my desire to acquire as much knowledge as possible, I was immediately welcomed with open arms and offered a position. This was my first time working at such a hight position, but I was totally up for the challenge. Every day I was met with new tasks that broadened my skillset. After three months of working in London, I was offered a full time position. This trip really inspired me and I just want to encourage others to follow their dreams. Although our dreams and goals may seem outlandish and may be misunderstood by others around us, it’s important to stay true to our dreams and ourselves. If you’ve got a goal in mind, do your research, devise a plan and do everything it takes to put yourself in the right position to get your goals accomplished. Nothing worth having is easily attained. Anything is possible if you’re willing to sacrifice and dedicate time, honing and perfecting your skills. D