With an Associates Degree in Applied Arts and a Culinary Certificate from The Art Institute of Seattle, Brad Hendrickson is the right hand man for Executive Chef Jenny Hui at Vancouver’s top catering company, The Lazy Gourmet...
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I am the right hand man for Executive Chef Jenny Hui at Vancouver’s top catering company, The Lazy Gourmet. I do everything from day-to-day production to ordering, food costing, and anything in between.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I took the job at The Lazy Gourmet to find balance in my life and to continue my passion for cooking. Before, I was working very long days and wasn’t able to see my family. The other reason is I saw a lot of potential growth in the near future and felt I would like to be a part of it.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
My favorite part is getting to constantly come up with new menus and dishes that cater to each individual client.
The most challenging also goes hand-in-hand with my favorite day-to-day – the catering to specific needs of clients. I find it challenging but very enjoyable because it lets me adapt my style and grow as a chef.
What does success look like to you?
Having a family with a financially stable job that I love and gives me balance in my life.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Getting an apprenticeship at Daniel in New York and getting to learn from the great chefs at that restaurant. It was an honour to have the chance to cook next to Chef Daniel Boulud.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Follow your heart and do not become a chef just for celebrity status. Cooking is a career of passion and, like with any artistic profession, you will be the “struggling artist” for much of your career.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
For the last few years I have been on a Movember team to help raise money for prostate cancer. I feel too many men are scared to talk about it and even more scared to make sure they have their proper check-ups.
What is Notable to you?
Someone once told me you can learn something from anyone and this is always in my mind. It has helped me be successful in all aspects of my life.
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