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Inspired

I have two specialties: whatever pleases my clients & anything new
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  • Kenneth Temple

November 13, 2018

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Story

I am Chef Kenneth Temple, and I am inspired by challenge. What I love most about being a chef is taking a vision and making it a reality, whether for my own likeness or for a customer. Cooking is one of the only professions where you satisfy multiple senses, on multiple levels, with one interaction. I enjoy the process just as much as I enjoy being a witness to the result. I always say, “Knowing the ingredients can shape the flavor.”

When I first began this journey, I didn’t imagine it would become my passion. I found fulfillment in the craft, and it taught me a lot about myself. In hindsight, I can recall various moments of struggle that forced me to improve: being suspended from college, Hurricane Katrina, losing primary clients and being unemployed. With every win, I am inspired to achieve more. It is rewarding to exceed my limits by New Orleans Okra Gumbo conquering the challenges that life puts in my path.

I am a living example that life gives us a basket of unknown ingredients. The outcome is the result of what we make of it.

Chef Kenneth Temple

No more than 10 years this side of culinary school, I built a private- chef business serving the likes of Lil Wayne and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, worked as an ambassador of New Orleans in South Africa, published a cookbook, launched a successful cooking show and was named “Chopped” champion on the Food Network.

As I continue to build the Kenneth Temple brand, I also want to inspire others. I can only assume there is a tribe of people who are also inspired by challenge. Being able to succeed on “Chopped” is synonymous with life. I am a living example that life gives us a basket of unknown ingredients. The outcome is the result of what we make of it.

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