1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I come from a Dominican descent family - 1 of 12 siblings settled in the NYC housing project, and I suffered from mild depression. Coming from a large family and consistently feeling alone was defeating, until I defeated depression with a major breakthrough of finding my passion of becoming a chef. There's a delightful enlightenment that occurs when a person indulges in one of my meals.
2. What is your biggest passion?
My biggest passion is cooking. The fulfillment of creating and infusing various ethnic cuisines brings me a sense of being whole.
3. What are your goals for the future?
One of my goals is to open up a restaurant with a garden that provides the community with fresh produce and local ingredients. I want to develop a better understanding of what we can use as nutrition and where we can get it.
4. What is your definition of success?
Surviving the mental battle of being worthy. I'll consider it a success of its own, but true success would be impacting children whom suffer from depression and giving one a escape zone to face what they believe they're going through alone.
5. Tell us something about the project you're currently working on.
I'm currently working on a project in which I'm collaborating with a non-profit organization to educate children and young adults about healthy, safe eating and mental heath issues.