Harry Bradley is a promising Chef in downtown Miami following his passion and determined to have a Bar + Grill Restaurant in the coming years. Raised from the rough streets of Miami but found the love in kitchen, I asked him to share his story with us and be an inspiration.
I saw you’ve been doing a lot of cooking in Miami, when did you first get interested in cooking?
Harry: I gained interest in cooking at the age of sixteen watching my single mother of two at the time dedicate her spare time in the kitchen. Every time she would cook, I would be right there by her side viewing family recipes, taste testing, and becoming her junior sous chef. I found myself spending more time in the kitchen more than ever. I finally realized that I was in LOVE with cooking and the kitchen LOVED ME!!
What was the biggest challenge and how did you manage to overcome it?
Harry: My biggest challenge was being raised in the rough streets of Miami, with many influences that surrounded me led me to go down the wrong path as a teenager and a young adult. After getting into trouble a few times, I realize it wasn’t for me and wanted to better myself as a person and for my family. With the motivation of my family, I found the courage to sign myself into a culinary program and pursue my passion.
What are you up to right now? Any plans of opening your own?
Harry: At this point I am currently employed at a catering company utilizing my skills and seeking to continue my education as a culinary chef. My goal is to own a bar and grill restaurant in near future and the rest is history.
What advice would you give to young chefs that want to make it in this industry?
Harry: I would want to say to all the young chefs, in life they will encounter many obstacles that will TRY to block them from their calling BUT, no matter what, if cooking is their passion continue to pursue it. When cooking is their passion it is no longer considered a job…
DO WHAT YOU LOVE and DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR IT.
Also, to stay focus and put God first throughout their journey as becoming a chef.
HARD WORK WILL EVENTUALLY PAY OFF!
Follow the works of Harry Bradley here @chef.bradley