Internationally, 2020 was a year of medical, social, political, racial, and economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 7,000 Louisianans died while 173,000 were unemployed and all 710,000 K-12 students and teachers were sent into virtual schooling. Within the struggles of the year, the America saw its own horrors and beauty. Moving into 2021, The Drum sought Louisianans who are not only people to watch but are people who work for the community, for the demands of nation building, and for the growth of others. They are People for 2021.
Brandon “Chef B” Williams is community minded. The culinary teacher and local celebrity chef said he strives to provide the best Cajun-Creole products and chef services to local and international customers. After recently appearing on the Food Network, The Drum asked Williams about 2020 and his focus for 2021. He said, “The one thing (2020) taught me above all other things was to simply, be myself and trust my instincts.”
What advice would you give others? I would say keep going. If you’re in the middle of the worst storm of your life, I submit to you to not stop. If you stop, you’ll stay in the storm. However, if you keep going… The storm will eventually pass. hard work pays off and very few of us had the liberty to control where we come from, but each and every one of us has a say on where we are going.
What’s your motto for 2021? “Even a dim light shines on a dark night. Whatever illumination God blessed you with, bright or dim… Shine!”
This year I resolve to be the BEST.
What can we look forward to? You can expect to see more of Chef B and the Chef B Foods Brand. We made our network television debut on Food Network’s Supermarket Stakeout as a contestant on the cooking game show. We’ve launched our Chef B Foods Cajun-Creole products beginning with our Famous Fish Fry and Crispy Chicken Fry. We will be expanding our product line this year as we continue to service our online business and push to gain more shares in the market by connecting with an enthusiastic grocery chain and finally, we are ambitiously pursuing a restaurant concept venture called, “Chef B’s Restaurant To-Geaux.”
How will you impact others? Our two major goals for 2021 are, first, to make the Chef B Foods brand a legitimate competitor in the creole and ethnic foods market. Secondly, we would like to be in a position to give back to our community through time, labor, and finances.
What are your successes? Food Network Premiere – Supermarket Stakeout; chef at three The Master’s Golf Tournaments; winner of the coveted Masters Culinary Team Chef Coat in 2018; winner of the 2018 Southern University Taste of Jag Cooking Competition Winner; private celebrity clients
What are you reading? Forbes
What’s on your playlist? Ty Dolla $ign, Jazmine Sullivan, and ‘90s R&B
What are you watching? Everything Food Network