Chef Paul is hailed as one of the most exciting young culinary adventurers in South Florida. Over the past ten years, Chef Paul’s thrilling cuisine – which blends the lively elegance of his island upbringing in Barbados with flavors from around the world – has made its home on the tables of award winning actors and musicians such as Denzel Washington, Lenny Kravitiz, Enrique Iglesias, Pink, Sean “Diddy” Combs, billionaire business people, socialites and many more.
Chef Paul is also a certified personal trainer and advocate of children’s health and healthy adult lifestyles. With his upcoming debut book, “Treat your woman right 101,” Chef Paul shows his sensitive side as he describes 101 ways men can respect and efficiently love their significant other.
1) How long have you been in your field and to what do you attribute your success?
I’ve been in the culinary field for over 20 years with 13 of those years in a professional capacity. While in secondary school in Barbados, I started a pizza business where I made (from scratch) and sold pizza to my classmates to pay for my school supplies and pocket money. It was then that I realized that my talent for culinary was evident and decided to enroll in culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, one of the best decisions in my life.
My success had a lot to do with my ability to remain focused and positive and understanding the differences in people and the cultures around me especially with South Florida being such an eclectic melting pot of cultures. Having a strong family unit also played a major role in the evolution of my success. Even now, I’m still evolving as a professional in my field, and I appreciate every opportunity to push myself further or share my experiences with others.
2) What role, if any, do you think networking and navigating the South Florida business environment has played in your success?
Networking probably accounted for 85% of my success in the South Florida business environment. When you live in South Florida, understanding the combination of the business and social scene is essential to any businesses success here. In my early years, I didn’t advertise my business at all, and all of my business was from referrals and word of mouth due to effective networking. I must admit though, that initially, I was horrible at networking but going to different chamber events and learning how to network was invaluable. The other 15% I could attribute to education and being at the right place at the right time.
Local chambers play a major role in the movie that is South Florida. My suggestion is that everyone in business or that wants to be in business take every advantage and opportunity to join and be an active member of a young progressive chamber.
3) As a young professional, how do you think you could benefit most from an organization such as YPN Miami and the Miami-Dade Chamber?
There are several advantages to joining organizations likes YPN Miami, namely the relationships that can be formed and the opportunity to learn from, meet, and interact with like-minded thinking professionals. I think organizations like these are staples to the business community and should be fully supported and explored especially if you are a young professional looking to make a contribution to the community.
4) What is next for you?
I’ve been quietly working on several upcoming projects one of which is a book entitled, “Treat Your Woman Right 101!” Yes, a chef who wrote a book, rather a manual about women. Guess you will have to wait and read it when it’s released.