I feel like I really need to tell my story, so here it goes!
I was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti on January 3rd, 1984. I grew up watching my mom, my grandmother and aunt cook. By the age of 10, I was hooked! When I moved to America as a teenager, I got my first job as a cook at Sbarro, a pizzeria and pasta restaurant. That experience further developed my appetite for cooking. See what I did there? Soon later, I enrolled in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. I am proud to say that graduated with honors and my career as a chef became real. I was fortunate to gain incredible experience at Disney World, then in Atlantic City where I worked at Borgata, a four-star resort hotel. There, I was assigned to the VIP section where I excelled. I was fortunate to cater to our VIP guests by preparing some of my most delicious meals. I truly cherished my years of service at Borgata where I had the chance to meet with many celebrity Chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Michael Mina just to name a few, with whom I shared many recipes and techniques.
For some reason, I decided to move back to Florida to start fresh! And very early into this new chapter in my life, I felt like I had made a huge mistake by quitting my corporate sous-chef position in Atlantic City. I know what you are thinking, we could just end the story here because it’s obviously not the biggest mistake of my life. But just for fun and for you to know how passionate I am about what I do, let me continue!
Soon later, I went to a networking event for small businesses at Chima Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. I only had $30 in my wallet. Just enough to pay the entry fee, parking, and a drink to loosen me up. I went straight to the bar and ordered a glass of wine. The bartender kindly brings me my glass of wine and I asked her if there were any specials today. “It’s Happy Hour sir”, she replied.
Now I know what you are thinking, again! It does sound like a fairytale, kinda. But this is literally how the Happy Hour Chef was born. So I shot the glass of wine, drove home as fast as I could, sat on my desk and googled it. I couldn’t believe no one had the name. I quickly bought the domain, opened my social media accounts, and registered the business. I never looked back since!
Recently, I decided to rebrand my company to include other chefs. After a couple of years of many events filled with great cuisine, fun atmosphere and countless happy hours as a chef, I’m proud to introduce you, The Happy Hour Chefs!