( ENSPIRE Community Spotlight ) Voted New Jersey’s Best Restaurant CEO By Black Restaurant, Chef Glaze Speaks to His Culinary Success
ENSPIRE Contributor: Komal Javaid
Beginning his career as a mere teenager, Chef Glaze quickly unearthed his vast zeal for cooking. As a result, he soon began gaining as much experience in the hospitality and food industry as possible, enabling him to have as much future success as possible. During his adolescence, Chef Glaze’s affinity for cooking and creating meals expanded effortlessly. He soon began his experimentations with various diverse seasonings and flavor palettes to become his own chef. Chef Glaze then took part in a mentorship program that presented him with the opportunity to deepen his knowledge and skill set in the refinement of the hospitality industry, all of which allowed him to grow and elevate throughout his culinary career continually.
Chef Glaze is currently serving as a corporate and private chef. The celebrity chef has worked with vast creative minds and business moguls such as the NY Giants, Facebook, Jim Jones, Fetty Wap, Mack Wilds, Power 105.1, Travis McCoy, Hot 97 DJ Drewski, Dj Wallah, Dj LilMan, Darius Dk, Jack Thriller, Chef JR, “KISSTHECHEF” Chef Damitem, personal chef & co-host of Party & Bullshit “Talk That Chef Talk.” Adding to the vast success of the celebrated chef, Chef Glaze was voted as the Best Guyanese Chef by the United Nations for 2019. Having created his own restaurant and quickly getting further success and recognition, Chef Glaze offers a great example of how great passion and determination can still lead to great entrepreneurial successes.
ENSPIRE talked to Chef Glaze about his career and future aspirations.
What inspired you to get involved in the food industry?
My inspiration for this food industry is truly based on me always wanting to be someone that inspires others to follow their passion in life, to guide them even if they may not be as gifted as the person to the right or left of them.
How did you come up with the name “Glaze Kitchen” for your restaurant?
In my early cooking stages, I made this Glaze salmon for a BBQ; after that, everyone called me Glaze, so when the time came for me to start my brand/ restaurant, I couldn’t figure out what would be a unique name until it just hit me why not use the name that was given to me by my day one fan, close friends, and family, of course, Glaze Kitchen.
How did it feel to be voted for the best Guyanese chef by the United Nations for 2019?
Being voted best Guyanese chef for my country was a turning point for me in my career. It was exciting and full of many promises, not to mention an accomplishment that I could cherish and not only was I making my family but also everyone with a Guyanese background proud of.
Can you tell us about your experience working with well-known companies and people like Facebook and Fetty Wap?
Working with these well-known companies and artists such as Facebook and Fetty Wap in this industry has definitely helped and even groomed me to be both the corporate and private chef that I am today.
You started your career at a young age. What advice would you give to other young people who want to become an entrepreneur?
Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t easy, but anything worth having is worth working for it, so follow your passions and dreams.
Chef Glaze’s journey from starting his culinary career at a young age to successfully opening up his restaurant is remarkable. On top of this, his decision to stay true towards his Guyanese heritage in his cooking and still be both successful and recognized shows the positives that can be found in embracing one’s own cultural experiences. Whether it is the dedication from a young age to his craft, his success as a corporate and private chef, or his own entrepreneurial success, Chef Glaze offers a great model to all in that if we dedicate ourselves to something we genuinely care about, we can find success. While that journey may not be easy or not always result in perfect success, Chef Glaze’s journey shows how it is still worth trying to achieve our passions and dreams.
You can follow Chef Glaze on his Instagram here.
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