Chana The Tattooed Chef


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The INDIEgator: Where are you from Chana?

TTC: I am originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi but have lived in quite a few states. I have also lived in Europe while serving in the Military for over 13 years.

The INDIEgator: What was the first real meal you ever remember cooking, from your childhood to now?

TTC: Growing up, my mother would not teach me how to cook because she said that was for the girls (my two younger sisters) to do. As a young man, I took a job as a live-in Nanny (or “Manny”) where I first got into real cooking.

The INDIEgator: What type of feedback did you receive the first time anyone ever tasted your cooking?

TTC: It was horrible, but I was learning. With time and a lot of do-overs I began to get better.

The INDIEgator: While traveling with the Military, was there any particular Country or Dish that sparked your interest?

TTC: I’ve traveled to many Countries on at least 5 different Continents, serving in 2 different branches of the U.S. Military (the Army and Navy). The dishes from Germany, Spain and Africa were my favorite. However, there were two dishes that stood out as being uniquely different and has been embedded in my memory for life. The 1st is called Kagogi (dog meat), which is a dish from South Korea and is very delicious. The other dish was from Australia called Balut (a partially developed ostrich egg); it was so nasty to me but I had to try it. In all of my travels, I made it a point to mingle with the Local People and try their local foods, away from where most of the Tourists frequented.

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The INDIEgator: Tell us about the first meal you ever prepared Professionally?

“Seeing the smiles from people that have eaten my food and the anticipation from those about to eat my food drives my passion for cooking.”

TTC: I have been cooking for Friends and Family for over 10 years and most everyone loved my style of cooking. It was not until November 2012 when I began cooking on a Professional/Commercial level. It was then that my family was living in Conroe, TX and we lost our home. We ended up staying at Star of Hope Women and Family Shelter on Dowling St in Houston, TX. I began working in the kitchen as part of my required mandatory chores. It was the Cooks there who saw my passion, skills and allowed me to grow as a Chef.  The Staff and other residents at the shelter were very supportive and it got to the point that whenever the residents saw me go into the kitchen, they would get excited about that particular meal.

The INDIEgator: Have you attended Culinary School? If so, how has that experience changed your life?

TTC: I am considered to be a Chef already and am currently attending Houston Community College to finally get an AA Degree in Culinary Arts. Being in that environment has opened my eyes even more to the importance of all the small nuisances in preparing a meal or dish for someone. Your food can immediately change a person’s disposition and I love that!

The INDIEgator: Who encouraged you to attend school for this Art form?

TTC: My wife, Madalisoh (Dali) Hargrove, has inspired and encouraged me the entire time. She is the daughter of a Master Chef and is the most influential teacher that I have ever had. I originally started HHC as a Graphic Design student and was just 6 months from graduating when I woke up one day and realized something. Even though I was really good (in graphics) and could make a lot of money in this career field, my heart still wasn’t in it. That is when I changed to the Culinary program, the best decision I ever made.

The INDIEgator: We read briefly on Facebook about another Tattooed Chef in Chicago, IL. What do you think makes you stand out as an Artist?

TTC: We all have our own styles and different ways of preparing food. That’s what makes me stand out.


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