Total loan: $10,000


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Brooklyn, NY, United States / Food

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A loan helped acquire parts and make repairs to a van, so that I can have a mobile kitchen unit and produce high quality delivered meals.

Norman's story

I am a passionate cook who loves to feed people. My main reward comes from having my customers lick their lips, clean their plates and rub their tummies from being served a satisfying meal. It seems that I have always been a cook. From a kid growing up in Jamaica watching my mom and grandma make magical meals, I have always been so fascinated by how they take simple ingredients like flour, water, plantains, oil and potatoes and spin them into mouth-watering delights. Even now with all my culinary experiences I have often looked back in amazement and with great respect as to how they could use seemingly ordinary items and create extraordinary meals and with it produce such a blissful, happy experience (which was in short supply back then) to all who were lucky enough to sample their handiwork. They somehow were able to transport you from all that ails, to suspend the myriad maladies and take you to a beautiful place of food, fun and family, even if only for the duration of the meal. If I was to pinpoint exactly what turned me on to the plate, this would be it, to recapture that lovely feeling that Mama and Grandmamma blessed me with as a curious little hungry boy way back then. I have been on a quest ever since to bring this same “happy” experience to all who may partake of the product of my kitchen. To this end, not being able to afford a formal culinary education, I have gone the old-fashioned route of apprenticing with chefs who were willing to teach me the intricacies of formal cookery from Maine to Florida. I have learned a great deal from these great chefs on my path to culinary enlightenment and my path is getting ever brighter with each meal I serve.