CEO Chef Curry’s Cuisine
Your business history, not just WHEN you started but HOW and WHY?
What was it out there that you saw needed to exist to solve specific problems people have?
The impetus for me starting this personal chef service was that while I was in culinary school, my mentor did a seminar on the personal chef industry…and it was like the light from heaven shown down upon me 🙂 “Wait wait wait…so you mean that I can work for myself, make a difference in people’s lives, AND be a chef outside of the grind that is the restaurant industry?!?!? Sign me up!” The startup costs for my service were about $150 in cookware at IKEA (btw, don’t sleep on their cookware, they have very inexpensive but high quality cookware) and a membership in a couple different networking groups. The biggest WHY of the service is that I know that there are a LOT of people out there who aren’t eating the way that they know they should be. You spend a long day at work, have a commute home, and the last thing you want to do is cook and clean. I am here to take away all of that responsibility…
What advice would you give others in your industry starting a business?
The key for anybody out there who wants to be a personal chef is that you have to have a desire to make a difference in people’s lives. Cooking on the line I a restaurant is great and all…but you never get to have the satisfaction of making a difference for somebody. If you don’t have that giving mentality, then being a personal chef is probably not for you.
What knowledge did you WISH you had before you started your business?
The biggest piece of advice that I wish I had before I started my business is what I have learned about who people do business with…mainly people that they know, like and trust. That foundation isn’t built up over a short period of time, you have to get out there and cultivate those relationships. The sooner you do that, the sooner you will see your business grow.
What advice would you give a young person just going to college?
There is a VERY strong possibility that what you think you want to go to college for isn’t anything close to what you are going to end up doing. Back in 2009 I had leveraged a decade+ of customer service and accounting jobs into a great position at a tech company in Denver, MX Logic. I thought I was happy…and then a few different events happened in my life, and I got the opportunity to go to culinary school, and found my TRUE passion in life. You will probably go down some roads that are dead ends…but that is okay, you will get to where you need to be if you give yourself the opportunities to grow.
Pick up the phone and call 720 404 2798 and Matt Curry will help you eat better and stay healthy with delicious whole real food!
(Be sure to tell him you read his interview on DenPeeps.com!)