We had the good fortune of connecting with Oryan Latin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Oryan, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Coming from Hiram Clarke, one think I learned was to make the most out of what I had. We didn’t have any solid food spots close by, so I had to learn to cook. I didn’t have a car, so I was forced to travel by foot if I didn’t have a ride. I didn’t have any money, so I learned how to survive with less. There were no activities in the neighborhood, so the local parks became my playground. In the end, all of this created the person I am today as it helped me to be humble, innovative, creative, and allowed me to develop a strong work ethic. Making the most out of what is in front of us is an important aspect of life and is a HUGE part of African American culture. And THAT is one of the many things I plan to display through my business.
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.
I am a personal chef & caterer that also teaches cooking lessons. I do small private dinners whether it’s a romantic evening for an anniversary or a casual get together for a dinner party. I also do express & buffet style catering for parties and events as well.
What sets me apart from other people is my passion for what I do and also my work ethic. I’ve dedicated YEARS to my craft because I take this art serious. I’m a graduate from the top ranked Culinary Institute of LeNotre but I still have the desire to learn more and expand my culinary knowledge because you can never know enough.
I am proud of the fact that I was able to make the most out of what I had and turn it into profit despite the difficulties that came along with it. Through my faith in God and support of my family I was able to overcome many trials to get where I am.
The biggest thing I want the world to learn from my brand is the power of being able turn struggle into a masterpiece. I want people to look at me and know that regardless of what they may be going through that there is hope that they can make the most out of what they have.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Places I would go to eat would be Taste Bar, Juliet, Pappadeaux, Lost & Found, Present Company, or Post HTX
Places I would grab a drink would be Charity, Grotto, Present Company, or Z on 23
Places to hang out would be Cleo Lounge, Spire, Post HTX, or Eleanor Tinsley Park
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this to my #1 supporters who have supported and built me into the man I am today, and that’s my family. Even when they were unsure, they never stopped supporting. They are the reasons I have faith in myself and also the reason why I work as hard as I do. One day I plan to repay them for all the faith, encouragement, and discipline they have instilled in me.
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