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A personal chef by trade, Christopher prides himself on his creativity in the kitchen. With nearly 30 years of experience, he confidently states that he can create over 3,000 menu items. Recently, while trying his hand at cooking at a large restaurant, he only felt a further desire to continue working on his own.

Christopher hopes to open his own commercial kitchen to cook his myriad of healthy dishes to sell at local farmers' markets and yoga centers. He feels that his expertise will be received well in such health-conscious communities.

“I try to offer my clients healthy alternatives that they can enjoy, but I don’t sacrifice on taste!” he said.

In addition to cooking for his customers, Christopher has also been offering cooking classes throughout the area. “Cooking is therapeutic for me, and I want to share this experience with everyone,” he explained.

Christopher has also gained a degree of celebrity worldwide through making “chewing gum sculptures”. Using only his mouth, he can create miniature sculptures of all shapes on demand. Creations as intricate as a man riding on a horse are not a problem for him to make. Having appeared on shows such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and America’s Got Talent, Christopher’s unusual talent is a testament to his level of creativity.

Christopher plans to use his $5,000 Kiva loan to pay for the necessary permitting and licensing to open his own kitchen in San Diego.

If successful in his cooking venture, he hopes to someday start an above ground shrimp farm where he can provide customers locally grown shellfish.


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  • $54,800
    Average annual income
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  • $12,982,700
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $5,000 helped Christopher to pay for the necessary permitting and licensing to open his own kitchen in San Diego.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 20, 2013
Jan 20, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 17, 2016