Kolawole Julius Adebayo is a native of Ibadan and a professional chef has offered his services to rich and influential people in the society. In this interview with TheDispatchng, he talks about what inspired him to become a chef and how his culinary skill has assisted him to dine and wine with bigwigs in the society. Excerpts:
Kindly Introduce Yourself?
My name is Kolawole Julius Adebayo, a native of Ibadan. I’m a chef by profession and also a businessman.
What Prompted You Or Inspired You To Become A Chef?
I suspect that my story is not unlike a lot of others in the field. I started working in kitchens as a young boy. My grandmother and my mum made me what I’m today. When I was small they usually take me with them to the kitchen. It was from there I started developing interest in cooking. I usually tell people then that when I grow up I would like to become a chef. And with the help of God and Pastor Lekan Alabi, I’m where I’m today. I’m progressing day by day by the grace of God.
Tell Us Your Source Of Motivation?
I derive motivation from the work I do for people. When people appreciate my work, it makes me very happy.
What Makes A Chef?
If a person has passion towards eating good food, enjoyed the process of cooking right from childhood at home, helped mother in the daily cooking, then that person can choose Chef as a profession. Chefs are good in customer relationship; they have a pleasing manner and easily make friends. Chefs can use their professional talents in their daily lives for everything from daily cooking to special occasion banquets. You can impress your friends and loved ones, eat more healthily and even simply feel confident that you will always be able to make a delicious meal out of the most humble of ingredients.
How Long Does It Take To Become A Chef?
With two years of education, students should expect to gain an extensive array of culinary skills and knowledge that will provide the foundation for a career as a chef. You can technically call yourself a Chef the minute you are the person responsible for everything that goes on in the kitchen you are in charge of.
What Is The Difference Between A Cook And A Chef?
Equally, the title ‘chef’ derives from the French phrase Chef de Cuisine, literally meaning ‘Chief of the Kitchen’, whereas ‘cook’ usually refers to a more domestic setting, and historically means someone who was employed to prepare the food in a grand house.
Since You Became A Chef, Tell Us The People And Organizations You Have Worked For?
I have worked with Chief Pilot Emeka, P&G Limited, Genesis Hotel and Suite, Former Oyo SSG Chief Olakojo and former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos state, Dr Ismail Adebayo Adewusi.