Hotep Magazine MAY.2017 - Page 7

MAKING A DIFFERENCE MAKING LEMONADE n CREATING SUPER CHANGE IN LIVES Darnell Ferguson often leaves the kitchen to greet guests and encourage his staff. He also uses his culinary creativ- ity to provide culinary and job-skills training to women leaving the sex industry. Read Full Story... / / Belly up to the Chef’s table and let Chef Ferguson put a spin on your favorite breakfast dish. Darnell Ferguson, found- er and owner of Super Chef’s Restaurant, knew early on what he enjoyed and wanted to do. It was while attending vocational school that he realized how much he enjoyed cooking. His inspiration was watching celebrity chef, Emeril, on TV, and that’s when he decided he wanted to own his own restaurant. But getting there was a lot more diffi- cult than he ever imag- ined! Ferguson started out in the right direction, attending Kentucky’s Sulli- van University to study culinary arts. He was one of only two black students who were chosen out of thousands to be a part of the 2008 Olympic Team in Beijing, China. Now, it might seem like the rest of his life would unfold from here, but it didn’t. It was when Ferguson be- gan attending church that he realized that he needed to make changes in his life. With his temper now under control, he talked to a friend about leasing space in his restaurant. He wanted to create what he calls a “pop-up” where he could serve breakfast. After a few months, other restaurant owners were approaching him to do the same thing at their restau- rants. He was finally back on track! In 2015, Ferguson part- nered with his friend, Ryan Bryson, to open their very own restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, call SuperChef’s Break- fast & More, but sadly that location was burned down. Since then, how- ever, he has opened two more restaurants in the Columbus, Ohio area. Once a “street thug” without a home, Ferguson is now a successful entrepreneur. HO T E P M A G A Z I NE · JA NU A RY 20 17 7