We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Okonye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, what do you attribute your success to?
I would say the most important factor is just being authentic with myself and to those around me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a kid I always loved to cook and would tell my parents and brother that I would make it to the NFL, become a Doctor, and chef one day. After achieving my dreams of playing college football and going to the NFL — I reached my next goal of attending the University of Miami’s program to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. While in the program, I realized that there was still one more goal I wished to achieve; becoming a chef of sorts. I wanted to express my passion for food and realized that my childhood dream of becoming a chef was still a possibility. Though I have no intentions of pursuing culinary arts school in the near future — I wanted to create a platform where I could share that passion for food while simultaneously improving my skills. I have done so and share my love for food weekly on my social account: @jokonye24. Getting to where I am today was not easy. However, knowing that I may have to put in more work and deal with more obstacles than others just to get to the same level, prepared me to overcome any challenge. I have reached every goal I’ve set for myself. I don’t stop when things get tough. I instead let the challenges of tough experiences continue to motivate my drive to push forward and excel. My new cooking show is called Konye’s Kitchen and there I have fun in the kitchen with my recipes that are favorites of mine and at times new.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Houston is such a hub house for a multitude of things, but personally I can think of a few places I know those visiting would enjoy. Toasted Yolk and Jupiter’s Pizza & Waffles for brunch. I love a simple breakfast and these are must haves for either some good food and mimosas or an aesthetically pleasing and delicious waffle. Pinstripes also has great food and a bowling alley which is welcoming for big groups and intimate settings alike. Lost & Found is a great spot in Midtown for great food, tasty drinks, and the best vibes. Discovery Green is another place those visiting would enjoy. The open concept of the environment there coupled with the food options near and far — make for the best time. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my mom & dad as well as my big brother Jeffrey who has been a great role model for me. Also my old HS coach from George Ranch Quantas Floyd who has helped me through some hard times along the way.