How Food Led Me to Freedom


What is freedom? Each of us has our own definition of the word. 

Our country will celebrate its freedom this month. This brings me back to the time I served my country in the Navy, as a Culinary Specialist and later on trying on different gigs to attain what most of us desire: freedom from the rat race. It took me a while to realize that food is my passion and it is what will lead me to my definition of freedom: living the life I desire by creating value to individuals with the food I prepare. 

Here are the three steps that I followed that led to my freedom and passion.

1. Accept that you will fail. 

This is already a given, and I must say, looking back, all my failures led me to where I am, and I couldn't be more grateful for them. Every chef will tell you that their recipes took many trial and errors with the ingredients and preparation before it was even good enough to be eaten by our family and friends. We always see people when they have achieved their success, but no one really knows what it took for them to get there. 

2. Constantly improve yourself. 

"Work on your skills, and you get hired. Work on your ideas, and you get to hire." 

I started with cooking simple food that is close to my heart. As I got better with the simple recipes, I started to wonder how to improve them and make them my own. I ate food and studied recipes from different cultures and try to incorporate them with the recipes I am familiar with, and I succeeded in creating a recipe that I am proud to call my own. Even now that I have my own business and my recipes are being complimented, when I eat it, I still cannot help but wonder how can I further make it better. 

3. Create value in people's lives. 

I wasn't always conscious of my eating habits. Heck, we all weren't. As I ate the food being prepared for me, it made me wonder how it would feel to prepare food that is not only delectable but also healthy. When I started out as a chef, one of my biggest missions is to make sure the food I prepare will not only taste good but will also give long term benefits to the individual's health. This is the one thing I live by. 

How would I have known that I can impact people's lives by cooking for them? Moreover, how would I have known that I can give myself the freedom I never knew I wanted until I started preparing food for people? What we want changes with time but the one thing that never changes is the liberty to live our lives in our own terms. 

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." – Peter Drucker

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Yoichi J. Kato aka “Chef Yum Yum” is your new favorite Chef! Not only does Yoichi provide private chef services but he is also the founder of Sexy Meal Preps, Meal Prep service in San Diego. He specializes is healthy food that is delicious, flavorful, and mouthwatering that does not taste like cardboard. He is known as the Magic Johnson of Networking because he is always connecting people and value. Not only is he an amazing Chef but he is also is an author, speaker, serial entrepreneur, and a Veteran of United States Navy. Yoichi loves to help others and see them thrive.

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