Chef Kenny Minor
For private chef Kenny Minor, food not only became his saving grace, but a lifestyle. The formerly overweight Washington, D.C. vocalist is the mastermind behind Eat for Now, Eat for Now project. Its mission: teach people in low income communities how to make healthier food choices and thus, create healthier legacies. After attending New York City’s famed Art Institute, Minor went on to start a catering company whose signature is a fusion of traditional Southern cuisine with Southwest and Asian flavors. He sits down with US to discuss upcoming projects, recent discoveries and love of Puerto Rico.
REFLECTIONS: Hometown: Washington D.C. * Age: 38. * First job: Patient Account Billing Manager. * Advice he would have given himself 10 years ago: Believe in your uniqueness and vision; it’s what sets you apart from the pack. * Most valuable business lesson learned: Time is money; value time and the money will follow. * Words to live by: If you’re the smartest person in your circle, find a new circle. * Working on currently: My new book Shake Lunch Up! coming out late fall 2012. There are protein shakes, soups, salads and delicious lunchtime meals that taste great, but with ingredients that bend towards healthy.
DIVERSIONS: Reading? The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. * Reading next: I’m going to finish up The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama. * Last fun purchase: I recently bought a Julienne Peeler from Bath & Beyond. It makes the perfect cuts for Green Apple -Cinnamon & Carrot Slaw with no fuss. * Recently discovered: A documentary entitled Food Inc. by director Robert Kenner. It opened my eyes to the safety procedures and conditions of our food in America.
PLAYING FAVORITES: Hotel: Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico. * Getaway: Puerto Rico, the culture, architecture, food and people are beautiful. * Entree to order and from where: Yucca Mofongo - a Puerto Rican dish made with mashed yucca in a creamy garlic sauce with chicken or pork cracklings @ Café Puerto Rico. * Place to meet friends for drinks: The Frying Pan, NYC. * Last time I went out I ordered: Roasted Black Bass at Catch.