Simply Delicious (Interview with Gene Starks/ Chef Bully)

Everyone who knows me, knows I love food and sleep.  That is probably a terrible combination. Nonetheless, food has a way of making people feel good!

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I came across a young man, father of four, who makes the most delectable seafood I’ve ever tasted. Formerly, Gene Starks was a supervisor at a food distribution company and he decided he wanted to take his passion to the next level. He enrolled in Star Career Academy and graduated in 2012. Determined to grow his business and set a strong example for his children he took on every gig he could get and became affectionately known as Chef Bully.

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Making his mark on the world one plate at a time, Gene provides professionalism and quality! It also helps that beyond that tough exterior he has a warm personality which will make him infectious with your guests for any event.

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I seized the opportunity to grab a super quick interview with Gene. He gladly answered a few questions for me. Take a peek!

1. What is your favorite part of your career?
I love watching others genuinely enjoy my food. Knowing that I can make people happy by merely feeding them, is my reward.

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2. What makes your services unique?
(He laughs heartily ) I would say it is my passion and my personality. Food is food right?! Wrong! Being a chef is an art form. Every artist thinks they’re unique! Nobody wants to be boxed in. So I won’t talk about it. Come taste what makes me unique. I’m not just your average chef.

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3. What advice would you give to anyone of any age or background who wants to work in your field? 
Work hard, re-invent yourself, set yourself apart from others, try new things and always be prepared for the unexpected!

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4. Dorothy Day once said: “Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.” What would you say is a healthy habit you have that puts you in a positive state when negativity creeps in?
I don’t mean to sound corny but cooking IS my outlet it’s what I love to do. Good days and bad days all end with me in the kitchen being creative and connecting with people.

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You can follow Gene on Instagram @gene4boys.  You can also visit him in person at:
Black Pearl Lounge
1299 Grand Avenue
Baldwin NY 11510
*Ask for Chef Bully

Mothers

I know mothers who work 16 hour shifts.
I know mothers who wrapped coins to buy their lunch so their children could have steak for dinner.
I know mothers who iron sheets so you sleep better.
I know mothers who will mend your clothes and hand wash them.

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One of the plants growing from seeds my girls and I planted on Earth Day

I know mothers who start Christmas shopping in July.
I know mothers who video chat their children on their breaks at work.
I know mothers who dream of their children.
I know mothers who cook 3 meals a day …every day.
I know mothers who didn’t get a chance to watch their children grow.
I know mothers who are mothers first and women second and who completely forget that they are at all, human.
I know mothers who want everything.
I know mothers who never get anything.
I know mothers who know they are privileged to be chosen by God.
I know mothers who feel burdened.
I know mothers who would do anything for their children.
I know mothers who don’t know what to do with their children.

I am privileged to know you. I learn from you every day. There is a chance for a miracle in the life of a child every day. We hold a responsibility every day along with great fathers to build up dreams. We hold a responsibility to see a new sparkle in a little eye. Celebrate EVERY day.

Bless!

-Shaun M.N.