I was brought into this industry kicking and screaming. From washing dishes in my teens, serving calabash chicken at Fatz, shucking oysters at the Blockhouse to doing just about everything at Arizona Steakhouse. Quit college on several occasions with dreams of being a teacher or a graphic design artist even tried my hand at mortgage banking, anything to get me out of the service industry.
In my 20’s and early 30’s I viewed myself as a failure and suffered mental breakdown in my mid 30’s. It wasn’t until I immersed myself in the kitchen that I found my foothold in life. The excitement during the rush, the camaraderie, the art and passion of food. That’s when I knew I wanted to do my own thing. I spent years looking for the right place to do the right thing. Southern Culture was created the moment I walked into a hollowed out spot in Cherrydale and I wrote a menu for it the next day. Seven years later and three restaurants later add a beautiful family and I’ve never been happier with what I do.